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Mohamed Fahmy receives new Canadian passport

Canadian Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy speaks with Egyptian policemen during his retrial in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. .
Canadian Al-Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy speaks with Egyptian policemen during his retrial in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. . AP Photo/Amr Nabil

TORONTO – Mohamed Fahmy, the Canadian journalist on trial in Egypt on widely denounced terror charges, received a new temporary Canadian passport Wednesday.

Fahmy is out on bail while awaiting trial on terror charges after spending more than a year in a Cairo prison.

The Al-Jazeera journalist had his original passport seized upon his arrest in December 2013.

Despite filling out the necessary forms, the Canadian government refused to give him a new one, citing his bail conditions.

READ MORE: Fahmy shocked at Ottawa’s refusal to issue passport due to travel ban

However, on Monday the federal government announced it would issue Fahmy a passport — reversing an earlier decision.

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander revealed that the situation had changed.

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“After several weeks of intervention by government officials on Mr. Fahmy’s behalf, we are now in a position to issue Mr. Fahmy’s a passport despite ongoing legal issues and travel restrictions,” he said in a statement.

READ MORE: Fahmy’s message to Harper: ‘I would not run away from Egypt’

Fahmy gave up his Egyptian citizenship for what he thought was a requirement to be deported under the same law but he remained in prison.

with files from The Canadian Press

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