Mohamed Fahmy says he's glad to be free but his battle isn't over
Journalist Mohammed Fahmy was granted bail last week after 400 days in prison but he is not in the clear. He is set to face a retrial in the Egyptian courts next Monday, together with his colleague Baher Mohamed. Today Mohamed Fahmy joins us from Cairo.
I am panicking. My family's panicking. Yes, we are enjoying the first hours of freedom but if you want to be realistic, this is far from being over.- Mohamed Fahmy
Last Friday, for the first time in more than 400 days, Mohamed Fahmy walked freely away from a Cairo prison. But Mr. Fahmy's long ordeal is still, far from over.
The Canadian journalist, working for Al Jazeera English, was first locked up along with two journalist colleagues in December of 2013. The charges were terror related, accusing the three of supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood political group, and spreading false news to undermine national security. They're charges that would have been laughable, had the consequences not been so grim. As the trio spent month after month inside that Cairo jail, an international outcry grew up around the seemingly trumped up charges.
Finally, two weeks ago, one of the three, Australian reporter Peter Greste, was released and deported to his home country. Which is exactly what Mr. Fahmy would like for himself. But for now he's only out on bail... and set to face a retrial in the Egyptian courts next Monday, together was his colleague Baher Mohamed.
Full disclosure ... Canadian Journalists for Free Expression is among the groups still lobbying for their release, and Anna Maria sits on the board of that organization.
Mohamed Fahmy joined us from Cairo.
This segment was produced by Shannon Higgins and Pacinthe Mattar.
Baher Mohamed thanks campaign to free him