Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste stands inside the defendants' cage in an Egyptian court during their trial earlier this year. Pic: AP.

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he told Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi that an Australian journalist is innocent of charges that he supported the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

Australian Peter Greste is one of three Al-Jazeera journalists who face judgment in a Cairo court Monday on charges that they supported the Brotherhood. They were arrested in December as part of a sweeping crackdown on Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi after the military overthrew him last year.

Abbott, a former journalist, said on Monday that he raised Greste’s case in a conversion with the newly elected Egyptian leader on the weekend.

But Abbott said Greste’s fate remains in the hands of the court.