The lawyers representing highly reported Canadian journalist jailed in Egypt, Mohamed Fahmy, have announced to have filed an appeal in Egyptian court. Many analysts have called the move as a last-ditch effort to free the man after his arrest eight months ago. Mr. Fahmy’s brother, Adel Fahmy, confirmed in an interview that the appeal was filed on Wednesday to attempt at overturning the guilty verdict and a seven-year prison sentence handed down in June.
According to Egyptian authorities, Mr. Fahmy conspired with the Muslim Brotherhood and former president Mohamed Morsi, i.e. Egypt’s first democratically elected leader overthrown last year. Mr. Fahmy apparently worked as the English-language bureau chief in Cairo for Al Jazeera. Mr. Fahmy, who has Canadian and Egyptian citizenship, was arrested in a hotel room on Dec. 29 along with two other Al Jazeera employees. Whereas, all suspect and their supporters claim to be simply doing their jobs as journalists and reporting on Mr. Morsi’s government.
Mr. Fahmy’s brother confirmed that all three suspects have been planning appeals, saying that the move is a final legal step. Adel Fahmy mentioned on Tuesday that “if it fails, god forbid, they will have to serve the sentence. So this is the last hope.” He said that his brother is “optimistic that he has a good team handling the appeal. At the same time, he’s very worried. Everything is unclear [including] if the judicial process will be fair enough. It’s a mix of feelings.”
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