President sends letter to detained journalist’s family
Courtesy: Al Jazeera

Interim President Adly Mansour sent a letter Sunday to Mahmoud Fahmy, father of Mohamed Fahmy, one of the defendants in the case that has become widely known as the “Marriott Cell.”

Mahmoud Fahmy sent a letter to the presidential office more than a month ago outlining the injustice he claims his son has experienced while in detention, Adel Fahmy, the defendant’s brother, told Mada Masr.

“The letter explained that my brother is not affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood and that he is a professional journalist who previously worked with CNN, the BBC and many other reputable publications,” Adel Fahmy said.  The letter also contained information about an old injury Fahmy had sustained that required medical attention and possibly an operation. “This morning, my brother was taken to the Qasr al-Aini Hospital for an MRI,” added Fahmy.

Mohamed Fahmy could not move his arm more than a few centimeters, according to a Guardian article published yesterday.

Adel Fahmy told Mada Masr that a week before his detention, Fahmy fractured his shoulder and that his family fears his condition will worsen due to the lack of proper medical care.

Mansour’s letter informed the defendant’s family that the interior minister has been notified of Fahmy’s medical condition and would personally see he gets any necessary care. Mansour added that he trusts the independence of the judiciary and that all the necessary steps would be taken towards a prompt and fair solution to the case.  

“This letter is a big sign that things are changing in our country,” said Fahmy’s brother, who expressed hope regarding his brother’s third hearing tomorrow. “We believe in the integrity of the law,” he added.  

Fahmy was arrested in December with two other colleagues, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste, from their hotel room at the Marriott. Security released the names of 17 other Al Jazeera journalists accused of belonging to the so-called “Marriott Cell” and committing acts related to terrorism and media violations, including falsifying news.  

A 22-minute video was aired on Tahrir TV channel in December depicting the arrest of the journalists and their initial interrogation by the authorities, in what is considered by many to be a breach of their rights.

Last week Peter Greste’s parents, Lois and Juris Greste, received a similar letter from President Mansour, saying that he would “spare no effort” to quickly resolve the case of their son.


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