CAIRO: The lawyer of Al Jazeera dual Australian-Latvian Journalist Peter Greste, Shabaan Saeed, denied Tuesday that a new decree by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi or the government had been issued regarding deportation of his client.
He told The Cairo Post that any reports about a deportation order are “nothing but “speculations.”
Tuesday morning, the Twitter account owned by Peter Greste, which is operated by others since Greste is in prison, wrote “The Presidential Decree has been invoked, we are now waiting for respective governments to meet, discuss and negotiate possible deportation,” however, no further details were published.
Earlier in November, Sisi Issued new decree that would allow the state to deport foreign prisoners to their countries, when it would serve the interests of the state.
Greste, along with Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy, and Egyptian national Baher Mohamed were previously sentenced to terms of seven to 10 years in prison for “spreading lies in an attempt to aid a terrorist group”; in reference to the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
On Jan.1 Egypt’s Court of Cassation ruled it would hear the appeal of the case before a new court.