Australian reporter imprisoned in Egypt to appeal

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Associated Press

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 25 at 1:02 AM

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian Al-Jazeera journalist will appeal his conviction on charges that he aided Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brortherhood.

Journalist Peter Greste's spokeswoman Heidi Ross said Friday that he would appeal. She could not say whether his two Al-Jazeera colleagues would also appeal.

An Egyptian judge released his reasoning on Wednesday for the harsh sentences issued against Greste, Egyptian-Canadian acting bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed.

Each was sentenced last month to seven years over convictions linked to aiding the Muslim Brotherhood, which the government declared a terrorist organization after the military's ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, a Brotherhood leader.

Under Egyptian law, now that the judge has released his reasoning, the defendants can appeal the verdicts to the Court of Cassation, the highest court of appeal.

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