Canadian accused of terrorist ties in Egypt

Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy is pictured in this undated Twitter profile photo. (Twitter/QMI...

Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy is pictured in this undated Twitter profile photo. (Twitter/QMI Agency)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:57 AM ET

Three Al Jazeera journalists — including Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy — have been charged with being members of a terrorist organization following their arrest late last year.

Egypt's attorney general claimed in a release Wednesday Fahmy is "the accused leader of the media network belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood."

They claim he rented two hotel rooms to gather information and alter the information before broadcasting it on Al Jazeera and CNN "to tarnish the image of Egypt in front of the international community."

Fahmy was working as a producer for Al Jazeera when he was arrested Dec. 29. Al Jazeera producer Baher Mohamed and correspondent Peter Greste are also being held.

The three men were charged Wednesday with joining a terrorist group, inciting violence and possession of unlicensed broadcasting equipment.

During his arrest, supporters of Fahmy said on his Twitter account that Fahmy's shoulder was severely injured, and he has yet to receive medical care.

He was supposed to be transferred to a hospital on Sunday, but supporters said that did not happen and instead, the only blanket Fahmy had was taken away.

They called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to help Fahmy.

Earlier this week, Foreign Affairs spokesman Jean-Bruno Villeneuve said Canadian officials are working with Fahmy and his family.

"Consular services are being provided to the Canadian citizen who has been arrested in Egypt," Villeneuve said.

"Officials are in regular communication with and providing assistance to those family members that the subject has provided authorization to speak with," he said.

"Canadian officials have raised this case with senior Egyptian officials and local authorities continue to be engaged."


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