Family holds hope for detained Aussie journalist in Egypt
MIKE Greste, the Toowoomba-based brother of Australian journalist Peter Greste currently detained in Egypt, is hopeful of a positive result when the Al-Jazeera journalist faces an Egyptian court.
It has been a difficult seven weeks for the Greste family since Peter was arrested by Egyptian authorities late last year
Yesterday in a TV interview with the Seven Network's Sunrise program Mike said a visit to Peter in Egypt by brother Andrew Greste had helped raise morale ahead of the court proceedings.
"Peter is a resilient character," Mike Greste said.
"He seems to be coping well despite the circumstances.
"Having Andrew visit him in jail was a particularly emotional moment for both of them."
A change to the location of Peter's court case has created added frustration for his family back home.
"The biggest problem is the court case will be restricted access to outside observers," Mike Greste said.
"The communication between the Egyptians and everybody else has been virtually nothing the entire time which has made things difficult.
"We are just waiting and hoping for his release."
Mr Greste, alongside two Al-Jazeera colleagues, has been accused of links to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood as well as broadcasting misleading news.
Lead lawyer for the three detained Al-Jazeera journalists, Farag Fathy Farag, was confident Greste's name would be cleared of any wrong doing.
"I'm sure Peter Greste will be freed, because he's not guilty," Mr Farag said.
"We will be pleading not guilty."
Despite the possibility of seeing their son jailed for up to seven years, Peter's mother and father Lois and Juris Greste said it was not something they were thinking about.
"We won't go there," Lois Greste told the ABC.
"We don't know anything about the possible outcomes.
"We clearly would desperately want the bail application to be accepted and granted.
"Of course, as far as we are concerned, he's entirely and completely innocent and he should be either back home here or at his usual job in Nairobi."
An online petition run by activist organisation Avaaz and started by Mr Greste's parents has received more than 30,000 signatures for his release.