EGYPT has decided to process the deportation of dual nationality holder, Mohamed Fahmy after the Al Jazeera journalist agreed to forfeit his nationality of the North African country.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, issued a decree allowing the deportation of foreign defendants and convicts “whenever the [state’s] supreme interest necessitates so” last November.
Canadian-Egyptian Fahmy is one of three Al Jazeera journalists sentenced to seven years in prison on June 23 on charges of defaming Egypt and spreading false news in the case known as the “Marriott Cell”.
One of the journalists, Australian Peter Greste was deported to Australia on Sunday afternoon, which leaves Egyptian Baher Mohamed behind bars. Mohamed was sentenced to an additional three years for arms possession.
Greste’s deportation decision came after the approval of Sisi. According to an official cited by state-run MENA, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry coordinated with the Australian Embassy to book Greste a flight to Sydney.