Peter Greste Had No Warning of Release: ‘Get Your Stuff and Go’

By Mark Joyella 

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In an interview with his employer, Al Jazeera English, Australian journalist Peter Greste reveals he had no idea when he woke Sunday that it would be his last in an Egyptian jail. “I wasn’t expecting it at all.” Greste says he returned from a run in the prison courtyard and was greeted by the prison’s warden. “Get your stuff and go,” the warden said. “I really didn’t want to let myself believe it was happening until I got my backside on the plane.”

While Greste’s 400 days in custody are over, he fears for his two colleagues, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, who remain jailed. “I also feel incredible angst for my colleagues, leaving them behind,” said Greste. “Amidst all of this relief I still feel a sense of concern … if it’s right for me to be free, then it’s right for all of us to be free.”