Egyptian President condemns Peter Greste's trial

JAILED Australian journalist Peter Greste's brother Andrew is hopeful in his brother's fight for freedom after hearing Egypt's president suggested the trial should never have gone ahead.

The Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper quoted Abdel Fattah al-Sisi saying the verdict against Greste and two of his Al Jazeera colleagues had "negative effects" and was causing problems for his government.

"I wished they were deported right after they were arrested instead of getting put on trial," Mr Sisi reportedly said.

Greste and his colleagues were last month sentenced to seven years' jail for allegedly defaming Egypt and aiding the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Andrew Greste told reporters in Brisbane on Monday that he hoped there were "things happening at all levels" and that everyone was seeking an "amicable solution".

"I'm heartened by that, again we all want a resolution," he told reporters in Brisbane.

"I'm sure that images of Peter in the cage and in the court are not images that Egypt want distributed around the world.

"The publicity that they're getting out of this is, I'm sure, not publicity that any country would want."

The family has received much support from the public, including financial offers to appeal Peter's ongoing legal costs.

In response they have created website https://freepetergreste.org to update people on the case and make donations to the campaign.



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