Arrested Al Jazeera journalists released in Paris: Network
FILE - In this Monday Feb. 9, 2015 file photo, French company Malou Tech's "Army" speed drone mounted with a Go pro Hero3 performs during a demonstration flight in La Queue-en-Brie, east of Paris, France. - AP Francois Mori

CAIRO: Three Al Jazeera journalists who were arrested in Paris for illegally flying drones were released Thursday, a spokesperson for the Al Jazeera network told The Cairo Post Thursday.

France announced Wednesday that three journalists were arrested and investigated over flying drones over Eiffel Tower and the Bois de Boulogne woods, AP reported.

“After filming a report on the city’s recent mystery drones…[o]ur team were questioned by the police and released after spending 19 hours in custody,” the network said.

Paris has reported a number of unidentified flying objects in the skies over the past few weeks, which has unsettled security in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo incidents.

“Our staff in Paris were attempting to illustrate a piece to camera on domestic drones which are widely available, while also attempting to cover the recent drone mysteries in Paris and wider security concerns in France,” the network statement continued.

AFP reported earlier Thursday that two journalists were released while the third would face charges after admitting responsibility.

Drones must be licensed in order to be flown in Paris; AP said that the maximum punishment of the illegal drones is one-year imprisonment and a fine of 75,000 euros.

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