CBC funnyman Rick Mercer and The English Patient author Michael Ondattje have joined a growing chorus of voices insisting that Prime Minister Stephen Harper “personally intervene”; in the case of jailed Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy.
Fahmy was working for Al Jazeera during the violent overthrow of the Egyptian government in December 2013 when he and several other journalists were arrested and sentenced to seven years in prison.
Although Fahmy was released on bail yesterday, he will be heading back to court for a continuation of his trial on terror-related charges.
Mercer and Ondaatje have lent their signatures to a letter, signed by 250 influential Canadians, urging Harper personally contact his Egyptian counterpart and have Fahmy released under a new Egyptian law that allows foreigners who’ve been convicted of crimes to serve out their sentences in their home countries.
In addition, human-rights attorney Amal Clooney has been actively involved in seeking Fahmy’s release.
Meanwhile, Fahmy says he’s “ecstatic”; to be released on bail after spending 412 days behind bars in a Cairo jail cell. “It’s just a beautiful feeling not having somebody watch over your back,”; Fahmy told CBC News. “I’m ecstatic. Just doing the mundane things in life, like hanging out with your mother, eating home [cooked] food.”;