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Sinai-based journalist is on trial for filming a military zone

Journalist Mohamed Sabry facing military trial ( Photo - Public Domain)

Journalist Mohamed Sabry facing military trial ( Photo – Public Domain)

The Al-Galaa Military Court in Ismailia postponed Sinai-based journalist Mohamed Sabry’s trial for the seventh time on Tuesday. The next session is scheduled for 17 February.

The military judge said the trial, which entered its seventh session on Tuesday, would be postponed because he had not received a certain report from a military information committee.

Sinai-based activist and freelance photojournalist Mohamed Sabry is standing trial for “entering a prohibited military zone and filming a military facility” in January.

Sabry was reporting on the soldiers killed in August near the border city Rafah when he was arrested. The military prosecution immediately referred him to a military misdemeanour court. He was released on 9 January but continues to stand trial.

Article 198 of the new constitution allows for military trials for civilians in special circumstances “as regulated by the law”. Over 12,000 civilians have faced military trials since the January 2011 uprising.

Sabry is a member of the No to Military Trials for Civilians (NoMilTrials) movement that campaigned against the inclusion of military trials in the constitution.

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