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Freed Journalist Peter Greste Lands Back In Australia

After 400 days in an Egyptian prison, Peter Greste is home.

Last updated on February 4, 2015, at 10:52 a.m. ET

Posted on February 3, 2015, at 7:35 a.m. ET

Peter Greste touched down in Brisbane, Australia, early Thursday morning, after being released from prison in Egypt over the weekend.

Journalist @PeterGreste arrives in Brisbane, calls for Egypt to release his colleagues http://t.co/tkdJSRQZWz

ABC News@abcnewsFollow

Journalist @PeterGreste arrives in Brisbane, calls for Egypt to release his colleagues http://t.co/tkdJSRQZWz

10:26 AM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Greste raised his hands in celebration as he was greeted by well-wishers and reporters.

The Australian journalist told reporters he will continue to pressure Egypt to release his Al Jazeera two colleagues who remain in prison.

Peter Greste: Egypt has an opportunity to show right to justice doesn't depend on nationality.

Jon Donnison@jondonnisonbbcFollow

Peter Greste: Egypt has an opportunity to show right to justice doesn't depend on nationality.

10:24 AM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Before emerging to the media, he had a private reunion with his family.

@PeterGreste your family is here ready and waiting! #happydays #freedom #welcomehome #seeyousoon

Brisbane Airport@BrisbaneAirportFollow

@PeterGreste your family is here ready and waiting! #happydays #freedom #welcomehome #seeyousoon

9:28 AM - 04 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Greste made a triumphant return to Twitter on Tuesday, taking jubilant photos on a beach in Cyprus. He had spent 400 days in an Egyptian prison before a surprise presidential pardon last weekend.

Free in Cyprus! Feels sweet. Peter back online for first time in 400+ days. Special thanks to Mike 4 nursing twitter

Peter Greste@PeterGresteFollow

Free in Cyprus! Feels sweet. Peter back online for first time in 400+ days. Special thanks to Mike 4 nursing twitter

5:08 AM - 03 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Greste sat down with Al-Jazeera to give his first interview after being released from a seven-year jail term on charges of aiding the denounced Muslim Brotherhood.

"This has been like a rebirth... I can't tell you how relieved I am at being free, I mean I really didn't expect it," he said.

The A Jazeera correspondent told his followers that his brother Mike had been tweeting from his account but now he'd be taking over.

2/2 Your contribution has been immense. I now gladly pass over the reins to @PeterGreste Freedom in Cypress!!

Peter Greste@PeterGresteFollow

2/2 Your contribution has been immense. I now gladly pass over the reins to @PeterGreste Freedom in Cypress!!

4:55 AM - 03 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

The journalist community around the world expressed delight at the beach shots.

Welcome back Peter! MT @PeterGreste: Free in Cyprus! Feels sweet. ... Special thanks to Mike 4 nursing twitter http://t.co/KFLVGqz3sE

Christiane Amanpour@camanpourFollow

Welcome back Peter! MT @PeterGreste: Free in Cyprus! Feels sweet. ... Special thanks to Mike 4 nursing twitter http://t.co/KFLVGqz3sE

9:53 PM - 03 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

@PeterGreste Will do mate. That picture in the ocean is just wonderful.

Mark Colvin@ColviniusFollow

@PeterGreste Will do mate. That picture in the ocean is just wonderful.

9:21 PM - 03 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Brilliant! "@PeterGreste: Free in Cyprus! Feels sweet. Peter back online for first time in 400+ days. "

Peter Stefanovic@peterstefanovicFollow

Brilliant! "@PeterGreste: Free in Cyprus! Feels sweet. Peter back online for first time in 400+ days. "

9:13 PM - 03 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

@PeterGreste so glad to see you in the sun! #FreeAjStaff

Latika Bourke @latikambourkeFollow

@PeterGreste so glad to see you in the sun! #FreeAjStaff

9:10 PM - 03 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

The award-winning journalist also took time to remind everyone that his colleagues, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed, remain behind bars.

Special thanks to all who've supported us over the past year. MUST NOT FORGET THOSE STILL IN PRISON @Bahrooz #FreeAJStaff @MFFahmy11

Peter Greste@PeterGresteFollow

Special thanks to all who've supported us over the past year. MUST NOT FORGET THOSE STILL IN PRISON @Bahrooz #FreeAJStaff @MFFahmy11

5:14 AM - 03 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

He said he will continue to lobby for their release upon returning to Australia.

Brother Mike and I due to head home to Australia shortly. Can't wait for the family reunion. Keep shouting #FreeAJStaff

Peter Greste@PeterGresteFollow

Brother Mike and I due to head home to Australia shortly. Can't wait for the family reunion. Keep shouting #FreeAJStaff

5:16 AM - 03 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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