The family of detained journalist Peter Greste are appealing the seven year sentence handed down by an Egyptian court.
21 Feb 2014 - 8:00 AM  UPDATED 25 Jul 2014 - 1:42 PM

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Friday 25 Jul 2014

Greste family to appeal verdict

The family of detained journalist Peter Greste is appealing a seven-year sentence handed down him by an Egyptian court.
Brother Michael Greste said the family are in the final stages of appointing a legal firm to undertake the lodging of the appeal, but could not reveal the name.The Al Jazeera journalist and his Canadian-Egyptian colleague Mohamed Fahmy were...

The family of detained journalist Peter Greste are appealing the seven year sentence handed down by an Egyptian court.

Michael Greste said the family are in the final stages of appointing a legal firm to undertake the lodging of the appeal, but could not reveal the name.

He said there are no concerns or indications that a failed appeal would result in an extended sentence, which currently stands at seven years.

“We have to have faith in the Egyptian system,” he said.

“We have to exhaust all legal channels prior to taking other strategies.”

He said finance has been arranged through lawyers and Al Jazeera, allowing his family to use funds raised through the campaign to keep “Peter in the spotlight in Egypt”.

“I think it's fairly clear that this is a very political case,” he said.

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Wednesday 23 Jul 2014

Australian journalist Peter Greste has been visited by his parents in an Egyptian prison. (AAP)

An Egyptian court that jailed three Al-Jazeera journalists for alleged ties with Islamists said on Tuesday that "the devil guided" the group to spread false news defaming the country.
   
Australian journalist Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed were convicted in June of aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood and spreading false news that portrayed Egypt as being in a state of "civil war."
   
Greste and Fahmy received seven-year terms, while Mohamed was jailed for 10 years, in a case that sparked international outrage.
   
Eleven defendants tried in absentia, including one Dutch and two British journalists, were given 10-year sentences.
   
"The defendants took advantage of the noble profession of journalism... and turned it from a profession aimed at looking for the truth to a profession aimed at falsifying the truth," the court said in a statement explaining its verdict.
   
"The devil guided them to use journalism and direct it toward activities against this nation," it said.
   
Since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, the authorities have been incensed by the Qatari network's coverage of their deadly crackdown on his supporters.
   
They consider Al-Jazeera to be the voice of Qatar, and accuse Doha of backing Morsi's Brotherhood, as the emirate openly denounces the repression of the movement's supporters which has killed more than 1,400 people.
   
Sixteen of a total of 20 defendants in the trial were Egyptians accused of belonging to the Brotherhood, which the authorities designated a "terrorist organisation" in December.
   
Foreign defendants were alleged to have collaborated with and assisted their Egyptian co-defendants by providing media material, as well as editing and broadcasting it.

Monday 7 Jul 2014

The brother of jailed journalist Peter Greste says he's encouraged by the Egyptian president's comments that he wishes the Australian had not been put on trial.

Peter Greste is one of three Al Jazeera journalists sentenced to between seven and 10 years in jail for allegedly defaming Egypt and aiding banned Islamists.

The sentences have sparked a global outcry, and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Sunday conceded that he wished "they were deported after their arrest, instead of being put on trial".

Peter's brother Andrew Greste welcomed the comments on Monday.

"I'm heartened by that," he siad.

"I'm sure images of Peter in the cage in the court are not images Egypt really want distributed around the world. And the publicity they're getting out of this I'm sure is not the publicity any country would want."

The Greste family is appealing for people to donate money towards an appeal for Peter's ongoing legal costs, which are expected to amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says he wishes Australian Peter Greste and two other jailed Al Jazeera journalists had not been put on trial.
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Sunday he "wished" three jailed Al-Jazeera journalists including an Australian had not been put on trial, conceding the case had been damaging, a newspaper reported.    The journalists --...
Thursday 26 Jun 2014

Australian journalist Peter Greste says he is devastated and outraged by the seven-year jail sentence handed down to him by a Egyptian court.
 
In a message posted on Facebook by his brothers Mike and Andrew after a prison visit, Greste says he will consider all possible measures to have the conviction overturned.
 
"Throughout this trial, the prosecutor has consistently failed to present a single piece of concrete evidence to support the outrageous allegations against us," he says in the statement.

"The verdict confirms that our trial was never simply about the charges against us. It has been an attempt to use the court to intimidate and silence critical voices in the media."

 

Greste, and his Al Jazeera colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, were found guilty on Monday of reporting false news in the wake of the 2013 coup that ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
 
They were also convicted of supporting Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, which was declared a terrorist organisation after the coup.
 
Their jailing has sparked worldwide outrage, with US Secretary of State John Kerry labelling the verdict "chilling and draconian" and Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying he was bewildered by the decision.

The Australian government hopes Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will issue a pardon to the Australian journalist, but he has said he won't interfere in judicial matters.

Greste says he and his colleagues are grateful for the "extraordinary and unprecedented public support" they have received.

"It has kept us strong and continues to do so," he said.

"We must all remain committed to fight this gross injustice for as long as necessary."

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Wednesday 25 Jun 2014
Media organisations around the world are continuing to show their support for Australian journalist Peter Greste.
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