Canada Continues to Call for Immediate and Full Release of Mohamed Fahmy

February 12, 2015 - The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), today released the following statement:

“While we welcome Mohamed Fahmy’s release on bail, we continue to call for his immediate and full release. The prospect of Mr. Fahmy continuing to stand retrial is unacceptable, and Canada advocates for the same treatment of Mr. Fahmy as other foreign nationals have received.

“Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has spoken of his consideration of a general amnesty to advance a humanity built on compassion and peace. We encourage President el-Sisi to immediately resolve Mr. Fahmy’s case.   

“Prime Minister Harper has personally raised the case of Mohamed Fahmy with President el-Sisi. Canadian officials—including myself and former minister Baird—have been raising the case of Mohamed Fahmy with Egyptian officials at the highest levels for some time, and we will continue to do so. We are optimistic it will be resolved.

“Our officials are providing consular assistance to Mr. Fahmy to ensure his well-being. We understand this is an upsetting time for the family. We will continue to call for Mohamed Fahmy’s immediate and full release.”

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