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Rumours of release not enough for Peter Greste's family

THE family of jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste say they will not believe rumours of his imminent deportation until is outside Egypt's borders.

Unconfirmed reports the Al-Jazeera reporter was to be sent back to Australia did the rounds on social media today.

"I would welcome the news that @PeterGreste will be deported tomorrow. As yet I have no official confirmation.

Rumours, rumours, rumours," Mr Greste's brother, Andrew, tweeted this morning.

"Until @PeterGreste's butt is on a 747 outside of Egyptian airspace, the campaign to free him continues.

"We've been let down before."

Today marked the 400th day of Mr Greste's imprisonment alongside Al-Jazeera co-workers Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.

He was sentenced to seven years' jail last June for defaming Egypt and helping "terrorist organisation" the Muslim Brotherhood by allegedly fabricating news footage.

However, human rights groups across the world have slammed Egypt's response, and say no evidence the footage was faked has ever come to light.

Mr Greste and his two colleagues have been granted an appeal at a date to be set.

Topics:  al-jazeera egypt journalism peter greste


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