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Mohamed Fahmy Says Deportation Still An Option As Retrial Starts Tomorrow

02/22/2015 03:15 EST | Updated 04/24/2015 05:59 EDT
The retrial of Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed is set to begin Monday in Cairo. 

Fahmy told CBC News he met with the Canadian ambassador and Egyptian officials, who gave him assurances that they'll push for this case to be dealt with quickly. He said to CBC's Derek Stoffel that he and his lawyers believe deportation to Canada is still an option.

The second trial was ordered after an Egyptian appeals court threw out the case that ended in Fahmy being sentenced to seven years in prison on terrorism charges. He said he expects the court will be adjourned until at least next week after tomorrow's hearing.

Fahmy said he still has no contact with anyone from the prime minister's office or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa. He said that he's spoken with opposition MPs about his case.

Fahmy was released on bail on Feb. 12 following more than a year in prison and says he is preparing for a lengthy legal battle.

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