DOHA (REUTERS) – Canadian-Egyptian journalist Mohammad Fahmy could be released within hours, reported by Al Jazeera English on Tuesday.
Al Jazeera and CNN television producer, Mohammad Fahmy was sentenced to between seven and 10 years on charges last June. Refers to the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, Fahmy’s charges including spreading lies to support “a terrorist organization”.
Fahmy and two Al-Jazeera colleagues, Peter Greste and Baher Mohammed were arrested on December 29, 2013, at the Cairo Marriott Hotel, where they had put up a temporary news bureau to cover protests against the eviction of then-president Mohammed Morsi.
In hope that opens the way for him to be deported under a presidential decree, Fahmy has given up his Egyptian citizenship. Fahmy expected to be released and deported to Canada within days.