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Peter Greste, the Australian journalist released from jail in Egypt after 400 days, has said it feels “sweet” to be free in one of his first tweets since being deported.
The Al Jazeera journalist tweeted a picture of himself enjoying the Cyprus sea with his hands in the air as well as one with his brother, Mike, who ran the social media account during Peter Greste’s imprisonment.
Mr Greste was jailed in December 2013 with his colleagues, Canadian-Egyptian bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy, and Egyptian freelance producer Baher Mohamed.
The three men had been accused of helping a “terrorist organisation” and were sentenced to between seven and ten years in prison.
Critics said the charges were politically motivated because of Qatar’s – Al Jazeera’s owner – support for the Muslim Brotherhood.
Mohammed Morsi, the country’s democratically elected president and a Muslim Brotherhood leader, was ousted in July 2013 and the country has seen a crackdown on the group’s supporters.
On Monday, 183 members of the Muslim Brotherhood had their death sentences upheld by an Egyptian court related to an attack in 2013 on a police station close to Cairo.
The former BBC journalist also urged his followers not to forget the two other men still in prison and to “keep shouting”, while in another he said: “Can’t wait for family reunion [in Australia].”
The three men’s imprisonment caused anger and upset across the world and Egypt’s leader Abdelfattah al-Sisi has previously said he regretted that the case reached trial. Mr Fahmy, who holds Canadian citizenship, is likely to be deported to Canada.
There are fears the third man, Mr Mohamed, will remain in jail because the international pressure is expected to relax once the two Western journalists are released.
Mr Greste has previously said Mr Mohamed, an “amazing family” man, needed their support.
“We need to keep a focus on him,” Mr Greste said on Monday.