Egypt sends journalist to military court for 'aiding militants'

September 11, 2013 20:14

CAIRO- An army prosecutor sent an Egyptian journalist to a military court on Wednesday for allegedly publishing false news and tipping Islamist militants to the location of troops in the Sinai region bordering on Israel, an army statement said.

Ahmed Abu Deraa of the privately owned al-Masry al-Youm daily was charged with "harming national security by providing militants with locations of security forces in Sinai", according to a statement sent to the newspaper and seen by Reuters.

The newspaper has called for his release and provided him with a lawyer, who could not be reached for comment on the case.

A colleague of Abu Deraa, who requested anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on behalf of the newspaper, said the reporter was accused of spreading false news in an interview with a private television station and in Twitter messages.

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