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Australian govt 'appalled' at verdict against Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste

Published on Jun 23, 2014 6:17 PM
 

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia on Monday said it was "appalled" at the jail term given to Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste by an Egyptian court, saying it undermined Cairo's claim to be transitioning to democracy.

"The Australian government is shocked at the verdict," said Foreign Minister Julie Bishop of the seven-year sentence imposed on the Australian for aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood.

"We are deeply dismayed that a sentence has been imposed and appalled at the severity of it.

"It is hard to credit that the court in this case could have reached this conclusion," she added.

Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste stands behind bars during his trial in a court in Cairo June 1, 2014. Australia on Monday said it was "appalled" at the jail term given to Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste by an Egyptian court, saying it undermined Cairo's claim to be transitioning to democracy. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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