Lawyer of Canadian Al-Jazeera journalist urges channel to stop inciting against Egyptian authorities


Amal Clooney, lawyer of the Egyptian-Canadian detained Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmi, urged the news channel to stop inciting against Egyptian authorities and to commit to Riyad’s accord,  Al-Youm Al Sabe website stated on Tuesday.

Amal stated that Al-Jazeera’s incitement against the Egyptian authorities doesn’t help her client’s case and harms efforts for his release.

A statement by the lawyer praised president’s Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi latest decree, which authorises the extradition and transfer of non-Egyptian detainees to their respective countries by the presidency.

The decree further cites that non-Egyptian prisoners could carry on the sentence against them in their country “if it is in best interests of the state”.

Recently, President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi stated that pardoning the Al-Jazeera journalists is “undergoing discussion”.

Lately, Amal Clooney and Mark Wassouf, of the British firm Doughty Street Chambers, said in a statement that Mohammed Fahmi has been in prison for over 300 days on the basis of a “fundamentally unfair” trial.

The lawyers called for Fahmi’s release, saying he should benefit from a recently passed law that allows the country’s president to deport foreign defendants.

Last July, Mohamed Fahmi, a former bureau chief for Al-Jazeera in Cairo, was sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of publishing lies and fabricated news to assist the terrorist-designated Muslim Brotherhood organisation.

Australian journalist Peter Greste also received a seven year sentence, while Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed was sentenced to 10 years.