Greste in for the long haul
Peter Greste’s decision to appeal a seven year sentence gives legitimacy to a corrupt Egyptian judiciary, and allows for endless periods of delays in an appellate court.
Every bugger and his dog knows the judiciary is under orders to punish Al Jazeera for stories unfavourable to the current regime of Al-sisi. Egypt still doesn’t understand this democracy thing and the judiciary remains a political arm of the military General.
The first elected government in Egyptian history resulted in the Muslim Brotherhood gaining legitimate power. However, as with all things Muslim, skill at making car bombs and committing murders eclipses that of competent administration and the hapless Morsi was quickly overthrown in a military coup d'état.
General Al-sisi is as corrupt as Morsi was hopeless and there remains little hope for Peter Greste as long as the General remains in power. Unfortunately Greste and his legal counsel will now need to pay undue homage to an appeals process mired in nepotism and fraud.
An appeal gives Al-sisi the perfect excuse to keep Greste in jail ad infinitum, certainly for as long as seven years. The General in the meantime can wallow in Greste’s false claims of faith in the Egyptian judiciary.
Greste’s best hope is that the General calls a fresh election and the Muslim Brotherhood regains power.
Hmmm, I’m afraid there’s a better chance of me being sprung in the cot with Christine Milne.