Al-Jazeera’s Peter Greste to appeal over Egypt conviction


Peter Greste in court (March 2014)Peter Greste has told his supporters that letters of support he has received from them while in prison were inspirational.

Jailed al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is to appeal against his conviction and seven-year jail term on terrorism-related charges in Egypt, his brother Mike has said in a statement.

It said that the family were “strong and confident” of a successful outcome and “determined to fight” its cause.

Mr Greste and two al-Jazeera colleagues were jailed in June for defaming Egypt and helping outlawed Islamists.

The case triggered an international outcry and demands for a pardon.

Mr Greste argued soon after his conviction that the prosecutor had “consistently failed to present a single piece of concrete evidence to support the outrageous allegations” against him and his co-defendants – Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian national Baher Mohamed.

In a more recent statement released with Baher Mohammed, he said that he was so shocked after hearing the guilty verdicts that he felt “punch-drunk”.

It is not clear whether Mr Greste’s co-defendants are also appealing.

‘Chaotic’ trial

“At least part of our strength comes from the understanding that this isn’t just about those wrongly convicted in our case. This is about press freedom, about freedom of speech not just in Egypt but globally,” the statement released by the Greste family on Friday said.

Canadian-Egyptian acting Al-Jazeera bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy (left), Australian correspondent Peter Greste (centre) and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed in court in May 2014 Canadian-Egyptian acting Al-Jazeera bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy (left), Australian correspondent Peter Greste (centre) and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed all vehemently protest their innocence
Journalists protest against the imprisonment of Al-Jazeera journalists Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed outside Al Jazeera's offices in Sanaa (June 2014) The conviction and sentencing of the trio have sparked international protests

Mr Greste and his two co-defendants were convicted of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood, a group designated as terrorists by the Egyptian government.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi rapidly ruled out hopes that he might pardon the trio in the aftermath of the trial, a decision which Mr Greste’s family said left them with no option but to try to win his freedom through the criminal justice appeal system.

“Today we wish to announce we intend to appeal the verdict through the formal channels offered by the Egyptian legal system,” Mike Greste said in Brisbane.

“It wasn’t a decision that was made lightly.”

Correspondents say such an appeal could take months to work its way through the ranks of the Egyptian judiciary.

Source: BBC

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