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Parents of jailed Australian Al Jazeera reporter calls his detention in Cairo "shameful"

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 00:51

Jan. 30 - The parents of Australian journalist Peter Greste, who faces terrorism charges in Egypt, say his detention in Cairo is shameful. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The parents of Australian Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste, who faces terrorism charges in Egypt, on Thursday (January 30) called his detention in Cairo "shameful". Lois and Juris Greste spoke to reporters in Brisbane as their son faces trial in Egypt. Egypt will put Greste along with two Britons and a Dutch woman on trial for aiding 16 Egyptians belonging to a "terrorist organisation", the public prosecutor said on Wednesday (January 29), describing the four as Al Jazeera correspondents. In a statement, the prosecutor said the four had published "lies" that harmed the national interest and had supplied money, equipment and information to the 16 Egyptians. The foreigners were also accused of using unlicensed broadcasting equipment. "It's unbecoming of a great nation like Egypt. It is unbecoming of any civil society to behave like this. It is demeaning of any community which even pretends to be democratic and fair," Juris Greste said. He said his son is bearing up well but he and his wife have been taken to 'breaking point.' "With such scant and difficult communications it is just well, certainly taking us to literally breaking point which we in fact reached a couple of days ago," he said. Egypt's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that of the four non-Egyptian defendants, only Greste was in custody, and the rest were "on the run from the law". It did not name them. Both state and private Egyptian media have been whipping up anti-Brotherhood sentiment, suggesting anyone associated with the group is a traitor and a threat to national security. The crackdown on dissent has raised questions about Egypt's democratic credentials three years after an uprising toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak and raised hopes of greater freedoms.

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Parents of jailed Australian Al Jazeera reporter calls his detention in Cairo "shameful"

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 00:51