Peter Greste: Al-Jazeera journalist jailed in Egypt will appeal against sentence


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The jailed Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is to appeal against his conviction on terrorism-related charges in Egypt, his brother Mike has said.

Mr Greste, Egyptian-Canadian acting bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed, were arrested in December as part of a crackdown on Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

Their sentencing last month on charges stemming from an interview with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood sparked international outrage.

Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "completely appalled" by the guilty verdicts, and the then foreign minister William Hague summoned the Egyptian Ambassador in London for a meeting to discuss concern over "procedural shortcomings seen during the trial".

Following Mr Greste's sentencing to seven years in prison, hundreds of media representatives gathered in silent protest outside BBC headquarters in London.

Today Mr Greste's brother Mike told reporters in the family's hometown of Brisbane that they "have to have faith in the Egyptian system".

"We have to exhaust all legal channels prior to ... taking other strategies," he added, referring to options including appealing to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi for clemency.