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Mohamed Fahmy sues employer Al-Jazeera for $100M

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 Thomson Reuters Posted: May 11, 2015 10:51 AM ET Last Updated: May 11, 2015 11:31 AM ET

Mohamed Fahmy, an Egyptian-Canadian journalist on trial in Cairo, has filed a lawsuit against employer Al-Jazeera in Canadian court accusing the network of negligence and is demanding $100 million in compensation, his lawyer said on Monday.

Fahmy, who spent more than 400 days in an Egyptian jail on charges of aiding a terrorist organisation, suggested Al-Jazeera’s actions landed him in jail.

Fahmy was arrested along with two colleagues from Al-Jazeera’s English network on terror-related charges in Cairo in 2013. The three journalists were convicted in 2014 and sent to prison.

Fahmy, who was a dual citizen, renounced his Egyptian citizenship earlier this year and was released from prison, pending a retrial ordered by a judicial appeal body.

Of Fahmy’s two colleagues, Baher Ghorab, an Egyptian, is also being tried again, while Peter Greste, an Australian, was deported.

In late April, Fahmy received a temporary Canadian passport amid hopes among his family and supporters that he could soon leave Egypt.

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