A supplied image of Australian journalist Peter Greste, obtained on Tuesday Jan. 21, 2014. Mr Greste is being held in Cairo's Tora Prison.
A supplied image of Australian journalist Peter Greste, obtained on Tuesday Jan. 21, 2014. Mr Greste is being held in Cairo's Tora Prison. Ross Duncan - AAP

No reason for our son to be in jail, say Greste's parents

THE Brisbane parents of award-winning journalist Peter Greste have described court proceedings in Egypt overnight as farcical.

Lois Greste, Peter's mother, said there did not seem to be any reason her son had been in jail for 104 days so far, especially when the evidence presented had not proved anything.

Father Juris said viewing the court case - where his son is facing terrorism-related charges - could never be "topped".

"There we were sitting in front of the small screen last night watching the court proceedings via Twitter feeds," he said.

"We are sitting on the edge of our seat waiting for the prosecution to screen its damning evidence.

"We draw a deep breath for the killer blow.

"Up comes a picture of Lois and me standing in front of my old primary school in Germany that Peter took about 18 months ago.

"Believe me it was the weirdest experience of my life.

"I think it's something that can never be repeated."

Mr Greste said there seemed to be no logic or framework to the court process in Egypt.

Mrs Greste said she felt heartbroken and exasperated by it all.

Egyptian prosecutors were expected to present evidence that would link their son to the Muslim brotherhood and prove he had aired false news.

Instead, the court saw footage of Greste's award-winning BBC documentary from Somalia, a trotting horse from SkyNews Arabia and excerpts of a press conference with a Kenyan official.

Greste and his Al-Jazeera English colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were arrested in their hotel in December.

Bail was again refused overnight and the case was adjourned to April 22.

Mrs Greste said they spoke to their son on Wednesday night and he was in good spirits.

"I must say that gave us great heart," she said.

"In fact we even cracked a joke and I heard him laugh which was absolutely wonderful."
 



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