01/15/2015 04:10 EST | Updated 03/17/2015 05:59 EDT

Statement Of Imprisoned Egyptian-Canadian Journalist Mohamed Fahmy

FILE - In this Thursday, May 5, 2014 file photo, Mohammed Fahmy, Canadian-Egyptian acting bureau chief of Al-Jazeera, appears in a defendant's cage along with several other defendants during their trial on terror charges at a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian court has convicted three journalists for Al-Jazeera English on Monday, June 23, 2014, including Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy, and sentenced them to seven years in prison each on terrorism-related charges. (AP Photo/Hamada Elrasam, File)

CAIRO - Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who has spent more than a year behind bars in Cairo, released a statement through his lawyers Thursday calling on the Canadian government to do more to secure his freedom. Here is the text of the statement:

I understand that the ability of the Canadian government to help me is limited by the rules of diplomacy. But I do believe that Prime Minister Harper could do more to obtain my release if he were to directly intervene in our case. My situation and the ongoing legal limbo that I am enduring affects all Canadians who are in the Middle East because it shows that anyone, regardless of how innocent, can become a victim of the political turbulence here. And rest assured there will be other Canadians who will suffer like me as long as there is such injustice in this region. Canada and Egypt have friendly relations and so I hope you will continue to advocate until the diplomatic process results in my release. It is vital that Ottawa continues to engage with my lawyers Amal Clooney and Lorne Waldman at this critical stage of the negotiations so that my colleagues and I can achieve a smooth transition to freedom.


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