Feb 26, 2015
By Michael Kramer
An Al-Jazeera journalist will face court for illegally flying a drone in Paris.
This comes after a number of drone flyovers – that have baffled French authorities – amid heightened security concerns.
The Paris prosecutor’s office says three journalists for Doha-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera were released today- a day after they were detained. Al-Jazeera says the reporters for the network’s English channel were filming a report on the mystery drones.
The journalist who is accused of operating the drone is to face court next week. Flying drones without a license in France is illegal and carries a maximum one-year prison sentence – and an $85,000 fine.
Drones were spotted over the Eiffel Tower and key Paris landmarks this week, the latest of several seen around France recently.