Judgment day as for jailed Aussie journalist

Al-Jazeera English correspondent Peter Greste appears in a defendant's cage in the police institute court house in Tura along with several other defendants during a trial on terror charges, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Hamada Elrasam)
Al-Jazeera English correspondent Peter Greste appears in a defendant's cage in the police institute court house in Tura along with several other defendants during a trial on terror charges, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Hamada Elrasam) Hamada Elrasam

MIKE Greste, the Toowoomba-based brother of Australian journalist Peter Greste, says he is relieved a verdict date has been set.

The verdict against the jailed Al-Jazeera journalist in Egypt is expected on Monday.

Currently in Cairo to support his brother, Mr Greste said his family was hopeful of seeing an end to the trial, but was fearful of what the final verdict could bring.

"The prospects don't bear too much thought because, quite frankly, the worst case scenario is terrifying," Mr Greste said.

"You just don't have any expectations; it's safer that way.

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"I guess in some ways it's a shock to fear or think that they're asking for the maximum (sentence) and that's what Peter might receive."

Peter Greste's brother Andrew said his family still had hope the Egyptian legal system would be fair and open.

"Next Monday will be the very last session in the trial, so it was pretty clear that he (Peter) wanted to get things over and done with and we'll see a verdict on Monday," Andrew Greste said.

"There's been no evidence presented against him. We're confident that it will be a good outcome."

Greste was arrested in December and accused of defaming Egypt and having ties to the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood.



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