What Canada has done for Mohamed Fahmy

Canada outlines the diplomatic steps it has taken on behalf of a Canadian journalist imprisoned in Egypt

Adel Fahmy, brother of Mohamed Fahmy, left, Wafa Bassiouni, mother of Mohamed Fahmy, second left, and his fiance, third left, watch proceedings in a courtroom in Cairo, on Monday. (AP Photo)

Adel Fahmy, brother of Mohamed Fahmy, left, Wafa Bassiouni, mother of Mohamed Fahmy, second left, and his fiance, third left, watch proceedings in a courtroom in Cairo, on Monday. (AP Photo)

The Canadian government has received a lot of criticism for its comparatively muted response to an Egyptian court sentencing Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and two of his colleagues, all journalists with Al Jazeera, to seven years in prison on terrorism-related charges that most observers believe were politically motivated.

Fahmy’s brother Sherif told Maclean’s his family would like Ottawa to “do what other governments are doing.” Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has directly petitioned Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi regarding Peter Greste, an Australian citizen and colleague of Fahmy. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today noted that Greste isn’t free, either.

According to the office of Lyne Yelich, Canada’s junior minister responsible for consular affairs, Canada has taken the following diplomatic steps:

•             January 2014: Baird raised the case with the Egyptian foreign minister.

•             March 2014: Yelich raised the case with the Egyptian foreign minister.

•             April 2014: Baird raised the case with the Egyptian foreign minister.

•             April 2014: Baird met with Mr. Fahmy’s family in Egypt.

•             May 2014: Canada’s ambassador to Egypt met with the vice-minister of foreign affairs in Cairo, while the Egyptian ambassador to Canada was summoned in Ottawa.

•             June 2014: Canada’s ambassador to Egypt met with the assistant-minister for the Americas to relay Canada’s disappointment regarding the judicial process that led to the verdict.

•             June 2014: Yelich contacted Egypt’s foreign minister to convey Canada’s disappointment regarding the judicial process that led to the verdict.

•             June 2014: Egypt’s ambassador in Ottawa was summoned by senior Canadian officials to convey Canada’s disappointment regarding the judicial process that led to the verdict. (Baird has elsewhere confirmed that this meeting involved Baird, his deputy minister and the Egyptian ambassador.)




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What Canada has done for Mohamed Fahmy

  1. Dearies, the Canadian government’s response has been absolutley pathetic, per usual. Any notion that laying their efforts out in a list makes them any less pathetic, is erroneous. Mohamed Fahmy deserves better, and quickly.

    Cabinet shuffles don’t hide the fact that Mr. Baird is in over his head, as are many of his peers. Am embarassed to be a Canadian at this point…

    • If you are that embarrased to be a Canadian, then by all means, follow Mr. Fahmy’s example. Leave the country for 11 years, don’t pay taxes, and engage in faux journalism in support of a banned terrororist group. If you get caught, complain about Canada’s reaction, and demand they look after you.

  2. Why shoudl we do anything? He isn’t a Canadian born, isn’t a resident, does not pay taxes, isn’t part of Canadian society other than a piece of paper for convenience.

    He chose to participate it terrorism and violence. Arrogantly and irrationally thinks the piece of paper for his Canadian citizenship of convenience is a get out of jail card. Well hello, when born in Egypt, and in Egypt, you are subject to Egyptian laws. That is the start reality and no irrational idicocracy is going to change it.

    Hey, if you support is idiocracy then donate your own money, no need for Canadian taxpayers to bailout this idiot.

    Amazing so many think it is any other way, but when you travel, obey the local and homeland laws. If anything, those not charged should be charged on their world crimes like USA and other nations do.

    7 years might take the arrogance out of him. And he should stop making threats, like “they will pay”….as if I was a judge, I would double your sentence…and they might if he doesn’t smarten up.

    • Since when is being a journalist and reporting on events an act of terrorism? Would your view be different if he had been working for a Canadian news outlet?

      • He wasn’t a journalist reporting on “events” he was a journalist in support of a group banned due to support of terrorism. Apparently, he was “staging” stories to make the new Governemnt of Egypt look bad, and was writing stories (false ones) designed to make the Muslim Brotherhood look good.

        Reap….meet Sow.

        • If you’ve got evidence to support those assertions why didn’t you share it with the Egyptian prosecution, which was in desperate need of real evidence?
          But seriously, that comment was just like everything you post here – 100% fabricated bull$h#t.

  3. I have traveled to over 30 countries, lived in 4 of them, the rules to stay out of trouble and have a good time are simple.

    1) Don’t break local laws, Canada weak justice does NOT rule the world.

    2) Don’t be belligerent, law breaking, radical supporting and fund political/radical/violence. Stay away from this crowd. Be polite and honest.

    3) Don’t deceive people with lies and deceit. In this case, if he wanted to get to Gaza/Israel, he should have come through the front door and not side tracked with violence.

    4) Stay away from drugs, sex slavery, seedy types. Participation is optional, so don’t get involved. If you associate with drug lords working under the table, even if not drugs, you could get rolled up in it.

    5) Have your paperwork, passport and documents in order, no fakes.

    6) Fix your mistakes. Most countries will jail you for damages be they accidental or not. They know once you leave the damages will not be paid. More than a few Canadians spend a few months in jail while the DUI or party/stupidity damages are paid. Don’t think they are stupid, they are not.

    7) Whining and slander, belligerence often just digs a deeper hole. Don’t do it.

    Fact is he deserves 7 years, he will be forced to become a more mature human being. Isn’t even a Canadian taxpayer….so quite frankly, to hell with him.

    • I think you’ve got the wrong thread. You want the, Canadia-jailed-in-Mexico-after-Spring-Break-party-at Senor-Frog’s-gets-out-of-hand thread.
      Idiot.

      • Dave is against anything that might cost him a buck.

        • And Emily is against anything that would cost her someone else’s buck.

  4. “Disappointment” seems to be the strongest condemnation from the Harper government. I clearly remember MacKay’s April trip to Egypt to visit what was then a military coup government. The focus of the trip was increasing trade.

    Why should Egypt take anything Canada says regarding Mr Fahmy serious?

  5. So the answer is nothing.

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