August 1, 2014

My Letter from a Cairo Prison

Mohamed Fahmy, National Post

The Associated Press

Baher and myself [were] wrongly convicted of being members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Where is the evidence of that to convict us, and what are the criteria presented by the court to prove our affiliation? I don’t remember filling out the application. Instead, they jailed us in the terrorist wing of Scorpion prison with hard-core jihadists affiliated with al-Qaeda and fighters who just returned from Syria and Libya, including Mohamed al-Zawhiri and men who fought alongside bin Laden in Afghanistan.

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