Australian journalist Peter Greste is in reasonably high spirits ahead of his third day before an Egyptian court, says his brother Mike after visiting him in a Cairo prison.
Greste will reappear in court on Monday accused – along with Al-Jazeera colleagues Mohamed Fadel Fahmy and Baher Mohamed – of backing the black-listed Muslim Brotherhood and portraying Egypt in a state of civil war.
His family hopes a letter from Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour, will help secure the journalists’ release.
Mr Mansour last week wrote: “I will spare no effort to work towards the speedy resolution of the case in a fashion consistent with the law and that guarantees the resumption of the family in the near future.”
“Today will be proof of how much influence that does play in the courts,” Mike Greste told BBC Radio on Monday morning, after visiting his brother in prison on Sunday.
He said Mr Mansour’s pledge to work towards “the resumption of the family” suggested his brother could walk free.
“That’s our hope and optimism, it’s just more of a question of when,” Mike Greste said.
“Cases like this aren’t predictable and we don’t want to presume anything until it’s really happened.”
The journalists deny all the charges against them.
Peter Greste told his brother during Sunday’s prison visit that government and media pressure had greatly assisted in improving their conditions, wellbeing and safety.
He said the Al-Jazeera reporters were in “reasonably high spirits”.
“Pete was looking forward to today’s proceedings and keen to find out how it will play out and what happens,” Mike Greste said.