Jailed journalist Peter Greste determined to stay positive

Jailed journalist Peter Greste.
Jailed journalist Peter Greste.

MIKE Greste, the Toowoomba- based brother of Australian journalist Peter Greste currently detained in Egypt, said his family was doing everything they could to keep spirits high ahead of a sixth court date tomorrow.

The al-Jazeera English correspondent and his team have been locked up in an Egyptian jail for 116 days following their arrest by local authorities in December.

Taking turns with brother Andrew, Mr Greste has been travelling to Egypt to be by Peter's side throughout the process.

He said it was important to keep his brother's hopes up in what has become a drawn out process.

"We can see that Peter is in a good place mentally," Mr Greste said.

"He has resigned himself to the fact that he is powerless to fight this himself - he has to leave that to the lawyers, his family and his colleagues and he knows he has to concentrate on his welfare and survival in prison."

Mr Greste said his brother was doing everything he could to maintain his health despite being locked behind bars 23 hours a day.

"Prisoners are given an hour each day for exercise and in that time Peter just runs," he said.

"He understands the importance of maintaining his physical fitness and the benefits that brings to his mental health."

Ahead of yet another day in court, Mr Greste said it has been difficult to witness his brother stuck behind bars while the Egyptian prosecution has failed to make any serious progress in the hearing.

"The Egyptian legal fraternity like to boast about how fair and transparent their legal system is, but I have really had a great deal of difficulty seeing that," he said.

"If there's been three or four court sessions where no evidence has been presented... surely that indicates there is no case and at the very least bail should be granted."

Mr Greste said his family was doing everything they could to remain positive, however it was still an anxious time.

"Dad's favourite phrase is 'optimistic with moderate expectations'," he said.

"I am not a religious person, but I hope and pray that I do not have to come back for a second shift."


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