With today’s retrial for Mohamed Fahmy & his colleagues adjourned until April 22, it no longer appears that the judiciary is interested in resolving the case quickly.
In fact, the forming of a new technical committee to review video evidence provided by the prosecution was the only progress made on the case during today’s hearing.
Admitting that the postponement was “excruciating”, Mohamed Fahmy was encouraged to see that the judge did not ask the technical committee to decide whether the videos constituted a security threat.
“It didn’t make sense that a video editor or a studio engineer decides if the videos are against national security,” he said to reporters.
As well, Mohamed and his colleague, Baher Mohammed, spoke to the judge directly about their lost identification, which was confiscated during arrest in 2013. Since they were released on bail in February, they have been unable to access bank accounts and conduct any type of official transaction.
The judge confirmed that police reports could be filed, allowing Mohamed to ask the Canadian embassy to issue a temporary passport. The Canadian ambassador was present in court today, but refused to comment on the case.
Speaking to reporters outside the courtroom, Mohamed continued to urge the Canadian government to act.
“Our government in Canada needs to continue to engage directly and very aggressively with the government here,” he said to reporters. “[If] we have to go back to prison, I would hope that … I’d be deported back to Canada.”
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