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Rights group mobilise support to secure Ahmed Abba’s release

Reporters Without Borders, RSF, has launched campaign to bring together support committees in the bid to mount pressure to secure…

Reporters Without Borders, RSF, has launched campaign to bring together support committees in the bid to mount pressure to secure the release of Cameroonian journalist, Ahmed Abba.

The support committee which include several regional and international NGOs that defend journalists and human rights, are expected to mount pressure on the government of Cameroon to free Ahmed Abba, who is one of the winners of the 2017 International Press Freedom Award.

According to Angela Quintal, Committee to Protect Journalist Africa Program Coordinator “Each day that RFI journalist Ahmed Abba spends behind bars in a Cameroonian jail is another travesty of justice, which sends a chilling message to the media community in Cameroon,”

“We urge the Cameroonian government to free Abba without delay and to right this injustice. The world is watching.”

Ahmed Abba, the Cameroon correspondent of Nigeria-based RFI’s Hausa service, was arrested on July 30, 2015 in the north of the country, where the Boko Haram armed Islamist group is active.

Fifteen months later prosecutors dropped the most serious charges of “complicity with a terrorist act” and “justifying terrorism”, which can mean a death sentence.

But, despite the fact that supposedly key witnesses were never called, Abba was sentenced to 10 years in prison for “failure to denounce” terrorists and “laundering the products of terrorist acts”. entenced to 10 years in prison for “laundering terrorist acts”,

His appeal case to be held today August 17, was cancelled to a later date according the RFI.

“The case of our colleague will eventually be considered at a later date because his name has been removed from the list” (the list of cases on the agenda) of the Yaoundé military”.

“I do not quite know why” his name was removed, Clement Joel Nakong, one of Abba’s lawyers reportedly said.

 

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