CAIRO – 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 an uproar among journalists and rights groups.
The official spoke anonymously as he was not authorized to brief the media.