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Canada to issue Al-Jazeera journalist a passport

Canadian government to issue Al-Jazeera journalist passport after first refusing to do so

Canada to issue Al-Jazeera journalist a passport

TORONTO (AP) -- Canada says it will issue a passport to Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who remains in Egypt on bail while awaiting trial on terror charges.

Kevin Menard, a spokesman for Canada's immigration minister, said Monday they are "now in a position to issue Mr. Fahmy a passport despite ongoing legal issues and travel restrictions."

Fahmy, who was born in Egypt and is a naturalized Canadian citizen, was freed from jail in February. He renounced his Egyptian citizenship last year as a condition of any future release from Egypt.

He and two other journalists were charged with being part of a terrorist group and airing falsified footage. They deny the charges.

Fahmy's passport was confiscated when he was arrested in 2013.

Canada earlier refused to issue him a new passport.

Updated : 2021-09-19 01:50 GMT+08:00