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    2019 - 06.16

    Peter Greste’s first tweet since being freed from prison. Photo: Peter Greste on Twitter: @PeterGrestePeter Greste is on his way home to Brisbane.

    The freed Australian journalist, whose Brisbane-based family spearheaded a year-long campaign for his release from an Egyptian prison, is scheduled to touch down in the River City shortly after midnight on Thursday.

    Mr Greste was on temporary assignment in Egypt for Middle Eastern news service Al Jazeera in December 2013, when he and two colleagues, Egypt bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy and producer Baher Mohammed, were arrested and charged with aiding the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood.

    Following a trial widely regarded as farcical, Mr Greste was last year sentenced to seven years in jail.

    He was suddenly released this week after a concerted campaign by journalists worldwide and protracted negotiations between Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

    The award-winning correspondent was freed and deported on Sunday and he immediately flew with his brother to Cyprus.

    For the first time on Tuesday since spending 400 days in a tiny cell in Cairo’s Tora Prison, Mr Greste posted a widely shared picture of himself standing in the ocean with the words, “Free in Cyprus! Feels sweet.”

    Mr Greste and his brother Mike departed Larnaca airport early Wednesday, Brisbane time, where Mr Greste told the ABC he was “elated” to be going home.

    But he again expressed concern for the colleagues he left behind.

    The pair remain in prison.

    Mr Fahmy, a dual Canadian-Egyptian citizen, is thought to be close to release, after his family said on Tuesday he had renounced his Egyptian citizenship in a bid to pave the way for his deportation.

    At a media conference in Brisbane on Monday, Mr Greste’s elated parents Juris and Lois and brother Andrew, confirmed the long-awaited news of his release.

    “I’m ecstatic. I just can’t say how happy I am about it,” Mrs Greste said.

    “It’s also difficult to realise that this day has actually come. Even though I sort of dreamed about it quietly not daring to think about it too much, it’s arrived now.” Brother Mike and I due to head home to Australia shortly. Can’t wait for the family reunion. Keep shouting #FreeAJStaff — Peter Greste (@PeterGreste) February 3, 2015 Special thanks to all who’ve supported us over the past year. MUST NOT FORGET THOSE STILL IN PRISON @Bahrooz#[email protected] — Peter Greste (@PeterGreste) February 3, 2015This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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