Journalist to appear in Paris court for drone-flying
26 February 2015, 14:22
Paris - One of three Al-Jazeera journalists
arrested for flying a drone in Paris will appear in court next week where he is
expected to plead guilty, a judicial source said on Thursday.
The other two journalists have been freed.
All three were arrested on Wednesday for flying a drone in the Bois de Boulogne
park on the western edge of the French capital.
Their arrest followed two nights of
mysterious drone sightings over the French capital, although a source with
knowledge of the case said the journalists were not involved in the earlier
Those unexplained sightings were made near
the US embassy, not far from the Invalides military museum, the Eiffel Tower
and several major thoroughfares leading in and out of the French capital,
Flying drones over the capital is illegal
under French law.
The names and nationalities of the three
journalists from Al-Jazeera's international service, two of whom were
freelancers, were not given. They are aged 34, 52 and 68.
They are thought to have been filming a
segment on drones.
Only the journalist who actually flew the
drone will face court, where he will plead guilty, the judicial source said.
The drone, which was supplied by the
station's London office in November, has been confiscated.