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  • 25 July 2014, 4:36

Al Jazeera Journalist To Appeal Conviction

Jailed Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is to appeal against his conviction for terrorism-related offences in Egypt.

The reporter's brother Mike said the family had decided they "have to have faith in the Egyptian system".

The sentencing of Mr Greste for seven years, along with Egyptian-Canadian acting bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy and producer Bahar Mohammed, sparked international outrage last month.

Mike Greste said: "We have to exhaust all legal channels prior to ... taking other strategies." 

Other options for the family include appealing directly to President Abdel-Fattah el Sisi for clemency.

The three men were arrested in December as part of a crackdown on Islamist supporters of the country's ousted president Mohammed Morsi.

Prime Minister David Cameron said he was "completely appalled" by the guilty verdicts, while then Foreign Minister William Hague summoned the Egyptian Ambassador in London for a meeting to discuss concern over "procedural shortcomings seen during the trial".

Following Mr Greste's sentencing, hundreds of media representatives gathered in silent protest outside the BBC's New Broadcasting House headquarters in London.