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Brother of jailed journalist Peter Greste: ‘It's extremely difficult to understand’

June 24th, 2014
09:52 AM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Andrew Greste, whose brother Peter was convicted and sentenced to prison along with two other al Jazeera journalists in Egypt on Monday, said he was “gutted” and “devastated.”

“Obviously it was a result that we thought, I guess, was possible. But you just can't prepare yourself really.”

Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed had been imprisoned in Cairo since December on charges that included conspiring with the Brotherhood, spreading false news and endangering national security.

Greste and Fahmy were sentenced to seven years in prison; Mohamed was sentenced to ten.

Their case has drawn worldwide condemnation from governments and journalists alike, who insist the three were simply doing their jobs, reporting the news.

“I definitely wasn't expecting such a harsh punishment,” Andrew Greste said. “You know, seven years – it's extremely difficult to understand.”

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