'We've done nothing wrong. Justice will set us free'
Friday 21 February, 2014
Three journalists accused of helping a terrorist group were refused bail when they appeared in court yesterday for the first time after two months in prison in Egypt.
The Australian Peter Greste shouted from the caged dock "I love my family. I'm strong. We know we have done nothing wrong. We have confidence that justice will set us free."
He added: "The physical conditions are good, but I'm drained."
His co-accused Egyptian-Canadian Mohammed Fahmy called out that imprisonment was physically fine, but psychologically unbearable.
Greste 's parents said after the hearing that he had managed to get out a message to say that public support was vital to their case and that it was protecting them while they were in prison.
Greste, 48, Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, who all work for Al-Jazeera English, were arrested in December along with 17 other staff from the TV station after Egypt declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation.
Abdullah Al Shami, of Al-Jazeera Arabic, had been arrested in August and is reported to be in the third week of a hunger strike.