By Staff Reporter
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“Throughout this trial, the prosecutor has consistently failed to present a single piece of concrete evidence to support the outrageous allegations against us,” he says in the statement.
“The verdict confirms that our trial was never simply about the charges against us. It has been an attempt to use the court to intimidate and silence critical voices in the media.”
Greste, and his al-Jazeera colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, were found guilty on Monday of reporting false news in the wake of the 2013 coup that ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
They were also convicted of supporting Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, which was declared a terrorist organisation after the coup.
Their jailing has sparked worldwide outrage, with US secretary of state John Kerry labelling the verdict “chilling and draconian” and prime minister Tony Abbott saying he was bewildered by the decision.
Greste says he and his colleagues are grateful for the “extraordinary and unprecedented public support” they have received.
“It has kept us strong and continues to do so,” he said.
“We must all remain committed to fight this gross injustice for as long as necessary.”