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Jailed Australian journalist Greste 'outraged' at Egypt verdict

Published on Jun 26, 2014 11:06 AM
 
Al-Jazeera news channel's Australian journalist Peter Greste listens to the verdict inside the defendants cage during his trial for allegedly supporting the Muslim Brotherhood on June 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste has voiced his “outrage” at being jailed for seven years by an Egyptian court, saying the case was about silencing critical voices.

“I am devastated and outraged” by the verdict, he said in a message conveyed by his brothers who visited him in a Cairo prison a day after the sentencing, and posted on the Free Peter Greste Facebook page on Thursday.

Greste and his colleague, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, were both sentenced to the same term on Monday for aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood and “spreading false news”.

Their producer Baher Mohamed was handed 10 years in a decision that sparked global outrage and fears of growing media restrictions in Egypt.

 
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