Egypt journalist gets 6-month suspended sentence

An Egyptian military court has suspended Ahmed Abu-Draa for six months on charges of spreading lies about military operations in the Sinai Peninsula. (Photo courtesy: klmty.net)

A security official says an Egyptian military court has given a journalist a six-month suspended sentence on charges of spreading lies about ongoing operations against militants in the Sinai Peninsula.

The official said the military judge announced the verdict Saturday. He said that Ahmed Abu-Draa also received a $30 fine. The suspension means that Abu-Draa will be released, but it is not clear when.

Abu-Draa was arrested in September and charged with entering military areas without a permit and publishing lies about ongoing military operations in Sinai, where militant attacks have surged.

Award-winning Abu-Draa had disputed the military’s claims, saying that civilians were hit in the operations. His trial caused uproar among journalists and rights groups.

The official spoke anonymously as he was not authorized to brief the media.

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Last Update: Saturday, 05 October 2013 KSA 15:10 - GMT 12:10
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