BAGHDAD – A defense lawyer says a French journalist held in Iraq for nearly two weeks has appeared before a judge in Baghdad.
Nadir Dendoune was detained in the Iraqi capital on Jan. 23 for allegedly taking photos in restricted areas without a permit.
Dendoune's lawyer Nima al-Rubaie says a judge questioned his client Tuesday and will decide later whether to release him or order a trial.
The Iraqi journalists' union and the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists have urged Iraqi authorities to release Dendoune. The committee has said ambiguities in Iraq's 2011 media law have created unnecessary barriers regarding access to information.