Egypt flags release for jailed journalist Peter Greste: report

//Egypt flags release for jailed journalist Peter Greste: report

Egypt flags release for jailed journalist Peter Greste: report

By | 2014-10-24T07:12:53+00:00 October 24th, 2014|Middle East|0 Comments

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It comes as Greste – a highly respected journalist who was working for Al Jazeera – clocked up his 300th day in prison.

A Cairo court earlier this week set an appeal date of January 1 for Greste and his colleagues. However that process could take weeks or even months.

Greste and two colleagues, Egyptian-Canadian Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed, were sentenced to seven years’ jail in June after being convicted of producing false news to defame Egypt.

Middle East experts have said Greste was effectively caught up in broader regional politics. His employer, Qatar-owned news channel Al Jazeera, is perceived by the Egyptian government as a threat because the Qatari government is close to the Muslim Brotherhood movement, which briefly held power in Egypt before Mr al-Sisi took government and has since been banned.

Egypt ambassador to Australia Hassan El-Laithy told Fairfax Media last month that the issue had overshadowed the Australia-Egypt relationship and he “hopes and expects” the journalist will be reunited with his family “sooner rather than later”.

Dr El-Laithy would not specify how the journalists could be freed but said he hoped the matter would be cleared once the trio’s appeal concluded.

Andrew Greste, the brother of Peter, said at the time he was “encouraged” by the words but added he would “love to have them backed up by some real action”.


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