TORONTO – Former Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who remains in Egypt awaiting a verdict in his terror trial, is hoping his ordeal will be over this weekend.
The Canadian journalist said in a telephone interview from Cairo that he hopes to get his life back when he hears a verdict in the long-running case Saturday. The case against Fahmy, Australian journalist Peter Greste and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed embroiled the journalists in the political turbulence engulfing Egypt since the 2013 military ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
Authorities arrested the journalists and charged them with allegedly being part of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and airing falsified footage intended to damage national security.
The journalists denied the allegations, saying they were simply reporting the news.