CAIRO (AP) — Mohamed Fahmy, a journalist who was released from prison in Egypt last month, posted on social media that he left the country Tuesday.
Fahmy posted a photo on his Twitter account of the Canadian ambassador escorting him to the gate at Cairo airport, calling it “a glorious end to our battle for freedom.” He had posted a day earlier that his name had been removed from a government no-fly list.
Fahmy’s departure ends his nearly two-year ordeal in a case that raised questions about Egypt’s commitment to democracy and free speech.
He was arrested in December 2013 with two other al-Jazeera English colleagues and sentenced to three years in prison in a retrial earlier this year for airing what a court described as “false news” and coverage biased in favor of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood. The case was widely condemned by rights groups. He and his colleague Baher Mohammed received a presidential pardon last month.
Fahmy gave up his Egyptian citizenship during the trial in hopes of being deported to Canada. But in an open letter to Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi published last month in a Cairo daily, he appealed for the restoration of his citizenship, saying he relinquished it under duress.
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