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Watch The First Interview With Peter Greste After His Release From An Egyptian Prison

Watch The First Interview With Peter Greste After His Release From An Egyptian Prison

In his first interview since his release from an Egyptian prison, Peter Greste has revealed his extreme angst at leaving behind his colleagues but also expressed relief.

“I feel incredible angst about my colleagues, leaving them behind. Amidst all this relief, I still feel a sense of concern and worry. If it’s appropriate for me to be free, it’s right for all of them to be freed,” said the Australian journalist.

“When you spend 400 days in such close proximity with people, you get to know them really well. It was a really difficult moment walking out and leaving the prison, saying goodbye to those guys, not knowing how much longer they will have to put up with this.”

Greste explained that the release from prison and deportation took him by surprise. While jogging as part of his exercise, the prison warden called him over and told him it was time to go.

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“I wasn’t expecting [to be released] at all. I woke up thinking of the campaign ahead of us. I went for a run and the prison warden called me over and told me it’s time to pack your stuff,” said Greste, “He told me the embassy is coming. There was a mix of emotion boiling inside. A sense of relief and excitement, but a stress of having to say goodbye to my colleagues.”

Yet, despite the sense of euphoria Greste has said he has felt from the massive campaigns to release him and his colleagues, the journalist warned that those still in jail need help.

“I’ve got to know and accept Baher and Mohamed as family; they’re my brothers,” admitted Greste.

“Mohamed Fahmy is an extraordinary professional, a dedicated journalist, very passionate and a strong-willed character,” said Greste about Fahmy, who is expected to be released ‘imminently’ according to Canada’s Foreign Minister.

However, it is Baher who Greste is mostly concerned about.

“Baher is one of the most amazing family men I have ever met. If anyone has suffered out of all of this, it is Baher… He has a wife and three children, one of whom was born while he was prison…We need to keep the focus on him and we don’t quite know what’s going to happen from here on.”

Peter Greste was deported from Egypt on Sunday after Egypt’s Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi signed a decree that allows the deportation of foreign citizens accused of crimes. Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, both who had been sentenced to at least seven years in prison prior to a court accepting their appeal in January, remain behind bars.

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  • Minymina

    Big mistake releasing him. Son of a bitch belongs behind bars.

    EDIT: Fuck you Egyptian Streets for deleting my comments. I’m going to make it my goal in life to repost any comment you delete.

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  • Camille Dautomne

    mohammad fahmy abandonned his egyptian citizenship. he is also canadian. according to the canadian minister of foreign affairs…
    he will be free within a few days

  • Minymina

    Big mistake releasing him. Son of a bitch belongs behind bars.

    • Alamdahana

      Al Sisi is the real terrorist

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