Amal Clooney is flying out to Egypt to petition for the release of Mohamed Fahmy, a Canadian journalist who was sentenced to seven years in prison for his coverage of the 2013 Egyptian protests.
Mohamed, who was formally a dual Canadian-Egyptian citizen, was working for Al Jazeera when he and two colleagues were arrested and charged with aiding terrorist organizations. They were convicted in what Amal labeled “a show trial.”
Despite their sentencing, one of Mohamed’s colleagues, Australian journalist Peter Greste, was set free on Sunday (Feb. 8) after spending 400 days behind bars.
The third journalist, Egyptian Baher Mohamed, also remains in prison.
“Despite clear assurances that he would be released, Mr. Fahmy remains in detention in Egypt. I therefore plan to visit Cairo in the near future to meet with Mr. Fahmy and to discuss the prospects for his release,” read the letter, as reported by the National Post.
Mohammed's fiancée also confirmed to CBC News that the 37-year-old barrister had personally requested a meeting with the President.
After a whirlwind wedding to actor George Clooney – and several months of getting used to the Hollywood lifestyle – it’s clearly back to business for Amal, an accomplished human rights lawyer who has represented high-profile clients like Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and the King of Bahrain.
The celebrity lawyer certainly seems to be making impressive headway in the case of Mohamed Fahmy. The National Post reports that Canada’s Ambassador to Egypt, Troy Lulashnyk, told Amal that Mr. Fahmy’s deportation was “a matter of when, not yes or no” (according to Mohamed's brother, Adel) - which was not nearly good enough for the 37-year-old barrister.
“The Canadian government is not speaking to the right people, they are not being aggressive enough,” she reportedly replied.