Australian journalist Peter Greste and two other Al-Jazeera journalists jailed by Egypt for alleged ties with Islamists have filed appeals against their convictions, according to a statement by the network.
Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed were convicted in June of aiding the banned 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.
The arrests and subsequent trial generated international outrage.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Adelaide radio on Friday that he wanted to see Greste, as well as his colleagues, released as quickly as possible. “As far as I can work out they were just doing their job,” he said.
Al-Jazeera cited as grounds for appeal five points, including “flaws in the arrest procedure” as well as “the fact that evidence presented in court did not marry with the charges”.
“The appeal will lay bare the flaws in the case against Peter, Baher and Mohammed,” said Al Anstey, the managing director of Al-Jazeera English.
“We look forward to them being exonerated in due course. We will not stop in this quest until they are reunited with their families, and back doing the jobs they love.”
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