Beneath the hat my mind was racing. I guessed we were waiting for Mohamed Fahmy. If they wanted to talk to me, surely they’d want to talk to him as well, since he was the senior producer in our team.

Then, after an hour or so, I heard his voice. The questions soon dried up, and after another hour or so we were handcuffed together and taken from the hotel to a van, the cameraman still filming us. We set off with Fahmy holding his shoulder and struggling with pain. He winced and groaned with every bounce of the vehicle.

We’d had no further opportunity to talk to Marwa beyond Fahmy’s last words as we left: “Call Al Jazeera!”

This extract was taken from Freeing Peter: How an Ordinary Family Fought an Extraordinary Battle, Penguin, $27.95.