Thursday, October 9, 2014
By Alexandra Zakreski With a lengthy appeal ahead, Mohammed Fahmy’s family is turning to crowdfunding to help pay for mounting legal costs. The jailed Canadian-Egyptian Al Jazeera English journalist is represented by Amal Alamuddin and Negad el-Borai, internationally renowned lawyers and experts on the Egyptian judicial system. Fahmy’s family is hoping to raise $350,000 CAD and have stated that they “intend to be transparent about what Fahmy’s lawyers are doing to expedite an appeal hearing toward a retrial until freedom prevails.” While Fahmy was initially wary of filing an appeal with the same corrupt judiciary that illegitimately convicted him on spurious charges of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and producing false news , he later accepted that an appeal was the only recourse available for securing his freedom. In an emailed statement to CJFE, his family confirmed this, stating that they have “accepted the reality that President Abdel Fattah El Sisi will not issue a [presidential] pardon.” Please donate to the crowdfunding campaign and help us publicize it by sharing widely so we can help reach this funding goal and secure Mohamed Fahmy’s long-delayed freedom. Donors to the crowdfunding campaign will also be able to submit much needed messages of support for Fahmy, which the family has pledged to deliver to lift his morale in prison. CJFE continues to advocate for the release of Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed, as well as the countless local journalists, activists and prisoners of conscience that continue to be unjustly detained in Egypt. Donate to the crowdfunding campaign to help pay Mohamed Fahmy's legal fees.
Alexandra Zakreski is CJFE's International Programs Coordinator.
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