A Canadian born journalist is hoping that his long Egyptian nightmare will finally come to end Saturday morning.
Mohamed Fahmy is hoping the third time is the charm after two previous decisions over widely denounced terror charges were put off.
“The signals we are getting from the officials here and the lawyers are that we are going to have a verdict Saturday morning here.”
And if the decision doesn’t go his way.
“My mind cannot except I would to go prison and this is the psychological part of this whole ordeal.”
Fahmy says since being arrested in December of 2013 this experience has taken a deep toll onhim, his wife, and his family.
“It is very hard on my wife now and even my parents are on there way to Canada because my dad just got diagnosed with cancer and he can’t even be with me and I can’t be with him while he is going through this very intense phase. This experience has depleted us financially, emotionally, and physically.”
Fahmy says he won’t be alone in the courtroom.
“My lawyer Amal Clooney is arriving in Egypt and she will be attending the hearing. She will be in Egypt for the first time and I will be meeting her for the first time. The Canadian Ambassador Troy has been extremely helpful he has prepared meetings for her with senior officials in the government.”
And in the event he is convicted.
“In case I am sentenced she will be fighting to deport me back to Canada in accord with a presidential decree or submitting for a pardon.”
Fahmy and a colleague from Al Jazeera, Egyptian Baher Mohamed, were both granted bail after the start of their retrial, which after two delays is set for a final ruling this weekend.