A Canadian journalist fighting to be free of charges of fabricating the news in Egypt says on this Canada Day value your freedoms.
“Today is one of the worst days in Egypt in terms of attacks on checkpoints,” says Mohamed Fahmy. “The General Prosecutor was assassinated just the other day. It just feels very very tense here in Egypt all the time. It is one of the reasons why I really crave going back to Canada.”
Fahmy says we also don’t appreciate what he called our “sane” political system and a solid court system.
“Especially in relation to the court system in Canada for example. What I have seen here in the judicial circuit makes me understand what we have in Canada is a very solid system in terms of the judiciary, legislation, and the parliament.”
As for his second trial, after the first one was widely condemned as a sham by Canada and other countries, Fahmy says he will learn his legal fate this month.
“On July 30, we should have a verdict and hopefully an end to this circus of a trial I have been enduring for the last 19 months.”
Fahmy says he is confident he will be exonerated on charges related to his coverage with Al-Jazeera of the ousting of then Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi.
He says he has been offered a job at the University of British Columbia, which he hopes to begin once he is cleared of charges.