Cameraman jailed after phone rings in court
cameraman Ahmed el-Masry - YOUM7

CAIRO: A cameraman who works for state-owned Nile TV was ordered jailed for 24 hours after his phone rang inside a courtroom Wednesday, Youm7 reported.

Judge Mohamed Sherin Fahmy charged Ahmed el-Masry with obstructing the flow of the hearing. The trial involves 47 defendants charged with raiding Tebeen police station, south Cairo, shortly after the dispersal of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in in August 2013.

One officer was killed during the riots, others were injured. The defendants in the case are facing accusations of murder, torching the station, helping prisoners escape, joining an illegal group and assaulting police forces.

Fahmy is known for strictness during trial hearings; he jailed a photojournalist for 24 hours last month in the same trial also because his phone loudly rang inside the court room.

Judge Mohamed Nagy Shehata jailed an officer for 24 hours earlier in April for smoking inside the court room. Both judges have handed down years long sentences for insulting the court and dozens of death sentences in recent months.

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