The Egyptian-Canadian journalist imprisoned in Cairo says he has taken the fall for his employer, Al Jazeera, but says he won't appeal the verdict. Mohamed Fahmy also apologized to his fiancee because she is "engaged to a convict."
Fahmy his family posted to his account @Repent11:
To appeal verdict is to continue to entertain their theatrical performance aka "trial". Done role playing !— Mohamed Fadel Fahmy (@Repent11) June 30, 2014
Fahmy and two Al Jazeera colleagues were sentenced last Monday to at least seven years in prison for reporting lies that harmed Egypt's national security and aiding the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood — accusations they deny.
The verdict and the bizarre trial that preceded it sparked international outrage. The evidence included footage of sheep farming and a video of Gotye's pop song Somebody That I Used to Know.
It angers me that I have taken the fall for Aljazeera's coverage for past 3 yrs when I was Bureau Chief for only 3 months !— Mohamed Fadel Fahmy (@Repent11) June 30, 2014
He also lamented the effect of his imprisonment on his family.
Marwa, photo of you crying in newspaper after verdict really hurt me. U are engaged to a convict. So sorry gorgeous— Mohamed Fadel Fahmy (@Repent11) June 30, 2014
The Canadian government was criticized last week for what many people felt was a weak response to the verdict and for not doing more to get Fahmy released.