Jailed Jazeera reporter donates funds to Sisi's Egypt plan
An Al-Jazeera journalist whose jailing triggered global outrage has donated 15,000 Egyptian pounds to a fund initiated by the president to boost Egypt's ailing economy, his brother said on Thursday.
Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, who was sentenced to seven years in jail along with two other Al-Jazeera journalists for allegedly aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood, made the donation to Tahya Misr (Long Live Egypt), an initiative of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
"When we visited the prison yesterday (Wednesday), Mohamed told us to donate 15,000 pounds (about $2,000/1,670 euros) to this fund," Adel Fadel Fahmy told AFP as he made the donation at a bank on Thursday.
"Mohamed has always been patriotic and feels that the Egyptian economy needs support."
When asked whether the donation was aimed at securing a pardon from the president for his brother, Adel said: "It is not linked... He (Mohamed) wants to distinguish between his love for Egypt and his disappointment and anger over the verdict."
"As a family, we don't expect this small donation to secure a pardon for him. These are two separate issues." In a speech on Tuesday, Sisi said he himself would donate half his salary and half of what he owns to help rebuild the country's shattered economy.
Egypt's political turmoil that began with the ouster of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011 has ruined its economy, affecting tourist revenues and investments in particular.
Fadel Fahmy and Australian Peter Greste were each sentenced to seven years, while their colleague producer Baher Mohamed was handed 10 years in a decision that drew international...