All four major federal party leaders have condemned an Egyptian court's decision to sentence Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy to three years in prison. Fahmy received the news early on Saturday morning.
Canada continues to call on Egypt for the immediate and full release of Mr. Fahmy, and full co-operation to facilitate his return home.— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) August 29, 2015
The Canadian government has been trying to get Fahmy, the Al Jazeera English bureau chief in Cairo, out of an Egyptian jail since his arrest in December 2013. The Canadian government has also been criticized for not being more forceful in its calls to release Fahmy.
The Egyptian decision was also condemned by the U.S. State Department.
The U.S. is deeply disappointed & concerned by the Egyptian court verdict handed down to three Al-Jazeera journalists http://t.co/SjEkyRyLv3— Department of State (@StateDept) August 29, 2015
With files from Ron Nurwisah.