Military court gives Sinai reporter six months suspended sentence

Elsayed Gamal El-Deen, Saturday 5 Oct 2013

Ahmed Abu Deraa was accused of taking photographs and being present in military areas closed to civilians

An Egyptian military court has handed Sinai-based reporter Ahmed Abu Deraa a suspended sentence of six months in prison. 
Abu Deraa is expected to be released from jail soon.
He was arrested 5 September 2013 and accused of taking photographs in areas prohibited to civilians and of being present in a prohibited military area. 
Abu Deraa is an award-winning journalist who reports from northern Sinai for leading private daily Al-Masry Al-Youm and private satellite channel OnTV, in addition to other media outlets.
Military trials have stirred public debate recently as amendments to the constitution, temporarily suspended, are being considered. Activists are calling for a law prohibiting civilians standing before military courts.
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