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The trial of RFI's Hausa-language correspondent in Cameroon, Ahmed Abba, has been postponed for a month, by which date he will have spent 17 months in prison, because experts had failed to provide a report on the contents of his computers and mobile phone at today's hearing. France Médias Monde again called for his release and the dismissal of complicity with terrorism charges.
But “there is no relationship between the arrests in the Bois de Boulogne and the drone flights over the city,” another source close to the case said on Wednesday.
The three journalists - two British and one Belgian nationals - aged 34, 52 and 68 were arrested Wednesday around 3:30pm.
The first who works for Al-Jazeera’s Paris bureau received this drone in November from the TV channel’s London bureau. He had recruited the two other independent journalists to help him with this reporting assignment.
The first was operating the drone, the second was filming and the third was supposed to speak in the report.
The journalist operating the drone is the only one who will face charges.
Flying drones over Paris without a licence is banned by law.