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Australian reporter in jail in Egypt to file an appeal

CANBERRA -- An Australian Al-Jazeera journalist will appeal his conviction on charges that he aided Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

Journalist Peter Greste's spokeswoman Heidi Ross said Friday that he would appeal. She could not say whether his two Al-Jazeera colleagues would also appeal.

An Egyptian judge released his reasoning on Wednesday for the harsh sentences issued against Greste, Egyptian-Canadian acting bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohammed.

Each was sentenced last month to seven years over convictions linked to aiding the Muslim Brotherhood, which the government declared a terrorist organization after the military's ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, a Brotherhood leader.

Under Egyptian law, now that the judge has released his reasoning, the defendants can appeal the verdicts to the Court of Cassation, the highest court of appeal.

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