CAIRO: Human rights barrister Amal Clooney has requested a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to lobby for the release of Egyptian-Canadian reporter Mohamed Fahmy, AFP reported Saturday.
Clooney, who is Fahmy’s lawyer, wrote a letter to the Egyptian presidency as Fahmy has not been released despite renouncing his Egyptian citizenship so that as Sisi’s decree on deporting foreigners would apply on him.
“Since this has not yet occurred, however, I now write to request a meeting with you, or your designated officials, as soon as possible to discuss the status of the case” Clooney wrote in the letter obtained my AFP.
Australian journalist Peter Greste, who worked with Fahmy at Al-Jazeera English, was deported Feb. 1. Baher Mohamed, their Egyptian fellow reporter, remains in prison without hope to be released based on a dual-citizenship.
Clooney wrote that Fahmy’s release “was to be expected, given that Mr Fahmy has been the victim of the same injustice as Mr. Greste.”
The appeal of the trio is ongoing, as Fahmy and Greste were sentenced by controversial judge Nagy Shehata to seven years in prison for “falsifying news” in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood, while Mohamed was sentenced to ten years for the same charge and “possessing a weapon.” There is no current appeal for seven other journalists sentenced in absentia in the same case.