Mohamed Fahmy back in Canada after release from Egyptian prison

Former Al-Jazeera journalist detained on widely-denounced terror-related charges arrived in Toronto Sunday

Al Jazeera television journalist Mohamed Fahmy walks to the dock before hearing the verdict at a court in Cairo, Egypt, August 29, 2015. (Asmaa Waguih/Reuters)

(Asmaa Waguih/Reuters)

TORONTO – A Canadian journalist who was released from prison in Egypt last month has returned home.

Mohamed Fahmy, a former Al-Jazeera journalist detained on terror-related charges, arrived in Toronto on Sunday.

“Happy Thanksgiving Canada! Walking the streets of Toronto with my wife is a truly liberating feeling! We feel safe, free, & at home! #Love,” he said Monday on Twitter.

His arrival ends his nearly two-year ordeal in a case that raised questions about Egypt’s commitment to free speech.

Fahmy was arrested in 2013 with two Al-Jazeera English colleagues. He was sentenced to three years in prison in a retrial this year for airing what a court described as “false news” and coverage biased in favour of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood.

The case was widely condemned. He and his Egyptian co-defendant, Baher Mohammed, received a presidential pardon last month. The other colleague, Australian Peter Greste, was previously released.

Fahmy left Cairo last week after learning his name had been removed from a no-fly list. He stopped first in London, where he was to meet with his high-profile lawyer Amal Clooney.

Fahmy is scheduled to attend a press conference hosted by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression at Ryerson University on Tuesday.

He has said he plans to take up a position as an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia’s school of journalism in Vancouver. He is also writing a book about his experiences.

Fahmy has also been invited to meet with NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau ahead of the federal election on Oct. 19 and has said he’s eager to thank both politicians for their support during his ordeal.

The Conservative government said last week that it was pleased Fahmy was on his way home.

Fahmy moved to Canada with his family in 1991, living in Montreal and Vancouver for years before eventually moving abroad for work, which included covering stories for the New York Times and CNN before his job at Al Jazeera.

-with files from The Associated Press