04/22/2015 11:24 EDT | Updated 06/22/2015 01:12 EDT

Mohamed Fahmy feels secure with temporary Canadian passport in hand

A Canadian journalist on trial in Egypt on broadly-denounced terror charges says he feels incredibly relieved after being handed a temporary Canadian passport in Cairo today.Mohamed Fahmy had been trying to get a new passport ever since his release on bail in February.He found out earlier this week that the federal government had decided to grant him one — reversing their initial position on the matter.Fahmy says the Canadian ambassador in Cairo handed him the temporary passport this morning, before a new session of his trial began.The document is valid for a year and Fahmy says his permanent passport is currently being processed.The 40-year-old spent more than a year in an Egyptian prison after being arrested with two colleagues while working for satellite news broadcaster Al Jazeera English.He is currently undergoing his second trial after a successful appeal of his earlier convictions.Wednesday's session included testimony from a prominent Egyptian businessman who owns one of the largest private television stations in Egypt.Fahmy said Naguib Sawiris testified that Fahmy was not a member of the banned Muslim Brotherhood — something he has been accused of at trial.