Al Jazeera journalist Greste arrives home in Australia

Peter Greste was released on Sunday after spending 400 days in a Cairo jail
Al Jazeera journalist Greste arrives home in Australia
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By Reuters
Wed 04 Feb 2015 07:45 PM

Peter Greste, the Al Jazeera journalist freed after more than a year in an Egyptian prison, arrived back in his Australian homeland on Thursday and called for the release of two colleagues still in custody.

Greste was released on Sunday after 400 days in a Cairo jail and had been in Cyprus since. Greste had been sentenced to seven years on charges that included aiding a terrorist group in a case that had attracted widespread attention and criticism of Egypt's leadership and judiciary.

Greste's colleagues, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian national Baher Mohamed, remain in prison. They were jailed for between seven and 10 years on charges including spreading lies to help a terrorist organisation - a reference to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

"If it's right for me to be free then it's right for all of us...I think that Egypt now has an opportunity to show that justice doesn't depend on your nationality," said Greste after embracing well-wishers on his arrival in Brisbane.

"If it's right for me to be free, it's right for everyone else that was imprisoned in our case to be free and it's right for all of those who were convicted to be free of those convictions."

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