Egypt urged to free al-Jazeera staff on arrest anniversary

Mohammed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed, Peter Greste

The parents of one of the three al-Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt are optimistic they will soon be released.

Speaking to the BBC on the first anniversary of their arrest, Peter Greste’s father said he was confident their convictions would be overturned.

Mr Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were sentenced to between seven and 10 years in June for spreading false news to help a terrorist group.

Later this week, a court will decide whether they have grounds for appeal.

The journalists strenuously deny collaborating with the banned Muslim Brotherhood after the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi by the military last year. They say they were jailed simply for reporting the news.Journalists protest against the imprisonment of al-Jazeera journalists Baher Mohamed, Mohamed Fahmy and Peter Greste outside the Egyptian embassy in London (29 December 2014)