04/20/2015 15:59 EDT | Updated 06/20/2015 01:12 EDT

NewsAlert: Government relents, will issue Canadian passport to Mohamed Fahmy

OTTAWA - The Canadian government says it's now prepared to issue a passport to a Canadian journalist on trial in Egypt on widely denounced terror charges.Mohamed Fahmy spent more than a year in a Cairo prison and has been working to get a passport ever since his release on bail in February.His original passport was seized upon his arrest in 2013 but the Canadian government had been refusing to give him a new one citing his bail conditions.But a government source, speaking on condition of anonymity, tells The Canadian Press that officials have been instructed to issue one "expeditiously." Why the government changed its mind is unclear; the source, who is not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, says the passport is being issued despite ongoing legal issues and travel restrictions.Being out on bail without a passport has left Fahmy without any official identification, which means, among other things, that he has trouble with banking procedures, can't get married to his fiancee, and has trouble moving around Cairo.When reached by The Canadian Press on Monday afternoon, Fahmy said he had yet to hear of the development but said it would be "the best news ever."More Coming