Greste arrives home

Greste arrives home

-NRN/Reuters

Peter Greste, the Al Jazeera journalist freed after more than a year in an Egyptian prison, has arrived back in Australia overnight and called for the release of two colleagues still in custody.

The reporter was released on Sunday after 400 days in a Cairo jail and had been in Cyprus since.

He had been sentenced to seven years on charges that included aiding a terrorist group- the former government, the Muslim Brotherhood.

“I can’t tell you how ecstatic I am to be here. This is a moment that I’ve rehearsed in my mind at least 400 times over the past well, 400 days,” Mr Greste said, after embracing well-wishers on his arrival in Brisbane.

Greste’s colleagues, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian national Baher Mohamed, remain in prison.

They were jailed for between seven and 10 years on charges including spreading lies to help a terrorist organisation.

Egyptian security officials have said Fahmy could soon be released and deported to Canada.

“If it’s right for me to be free then it’s right for all of us…I think that Egypt now has an opportunity to show that justice doesn’t depend on your nationality,” Greste said.

“If it’s right for me to be free, it’s right for everyone else that was imprisoned in our case to be free and it’s right for all of those who were convicted to be free of those convictions.”

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