Former Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy to sue company for $100 million

Published May 12th, 2015 - 06:55 GMT

Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy, whose name hit the headlines late 2013 when he was initially jailed with two colleagues, said that he will sue his employer for $100 million due to negligence.

“I will sue them at any cost and I will win,” Fahmy stated in a Monday press conference in Cairo.

Lawyer Joanna Gialason, a member of Fahmy’s Canadian legal team, said her client already filed the case on May 5 in Canada’s British Columbia Court.

Fahmy and two other Al Jazeera journalists were originally sentenced to between seven and ten years in prison on charges that included spreading false news and aiding the banned Muslim Brotherhood, which the trio have consistently denied.

Fahmy, who held Egyptian-Canadian citizenship, gave up his Egyptian nationality so that he could be deported to Canada, though he currently remains in Egypt.

He was detained in prison for over 400 days until being released on bail. A retrial is currently underway.

In February, Australian journalist Peter Greste, also a defendant in the case, was deported to his home country as a result of a law that permits foreigners to carry out their prison sentences or trials in their countries.

The Australian government has not made Greste carry out the remaining sentence.


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