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ctf
06-11-2016, 11:28 AM
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/06/10/journalist-mohamed-fahmy-regains-egyptian-citizenship.html

So is he a Canadian or Egyptian? Fahmy claimed to be Canadian so his ass didn't rot in an Egyptian jail and pleaded with the Canadian government to intercede to get his freedom. He happily denounced his former citizenship to obtain freedom and claimed to be Canadian. Now after all this he seeks to be once again be Egyptian.
Should Canada adopt a policy that in order to immigrate and become Canadian, you give up your former citizenship? Either you are Canadian or you aren't. No in between and hedging your bets. One or the other - not both.

Hans
06-11-2016, 06:42 PM
Canada, just like the USA and many other countries, allows multiple citizenship to be held.
I don't see anything wrong with it, and it has multiple advantages if you hold the correct ones.

You also did not read the article correctly: he held 2 passports at the time he was in jail. Part of his release condition was to renounce his Egyptian citizenship. There was no claim to be Canadian involved since he was already a Canadian citizen.
Now it has been corrected by Egypt giving him his citizenship back.

ctf
06-11-2016, 08:02 PM
http://globalnews.ca/news/1807604/why-does-mohamed-fahmy-have-to-give-up-citizenship-for-freedom/

He had renounced his Egyptian citizenship in hopes he could be released and deported from the country under a decree that permits the president to deport foreign citizens convicted or accused of crimes.
Taking advantage of the decree, by dropping his Egyptian citizenship, seems to have been his only hope for getting out and moving on with his life.

Hans
06-11-2016, 08:28 PM
That does not make it right. They recognized that and restored his Egyptian citizenship.

ctf
06-12-2016, 09:31 AM
Right or wrong, he renounced his Egyptian citizenship to save his ass from rotting in prison; so conveniently he was only Canadian and treated differently than his co-worker. Now in order to once again work as a journalist in his native land, he must be Egyptian. They can not deny him entry into Egypt which they could if he is only Canadian. He is now working at the University in Vancouver.

RWGR
06-12-2016, 04:18 PM
When it comes to anything Egypt, I have nothing to say. Mummies the word.














That's right, I said mummies the word.

Hans
06-12-2016, 07:04 PM
Right or wrong, he renounced his Egyptian citizenship to save his ass from rotting in prison; so conveniently he was only Canadian and treated differently than his co-worker. Now in order to once again work as a journalist in his native land, he must be Egyptian. They can not deny him entry into Egypt which they could if he is only Canadian. He is now working at the University in Vancouver.

And you would do the same, to save your ass. And yes, it is convenient to be Canadian. They are typically well respected globally.

ctf
06-18-2016, 05:11 PM
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/06/18/egypt-sentences-2-al-jazeera-journalists-to-death.html

Maybe he will have a change of heart and just stick with his adopted Canadian citizenship.