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Canada Concerned with Verdict in Mohamed Fahmy Case

By Canada - Ministry of Foreign Affairs

OTTAWA, Canada, June 23, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- The Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular), today released the following statement:

“Canada is very disappointed with the verdict in the case of Mohamed Fahmy and is concerned that the judicial process that led to his verdict is inconsistent with Egypt's democratic aspirations. A fair and transparent legal system is a critical pillar of a future stable and democratic Egypt.

“Canada calls on the Egyptian government to protect the rights of all individuals, including journalists, in keeping with the spirit of Egypt's new constitution and the desire of all Egyptians to build a fully democratic country.

“Senior Canadian officials, including Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and myself, have raised and will continue to raise Mr. Fahmy's case with senior Egyptian authorities. We will continue to provide consular assistance to Mr. Fahmy, including engaging local Egyptian authorities to ensure his medical needs are being met.”