South Africa 25.4.2017 08:16 am

10-year sentence for radio correspondent is ‘outrageous’ – CPJ

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Abba, who has been held in pretrial detention for 635 days, was convicted of ‘non-denunciation of terrorism’ and ‘laundering of the proceeds of terrorist acts’.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has described the sentencing of Ahmed Abba, a correspondent for Radio France Internationale’s (RFI) Hausa service, to 10 years in prison as “outrageous” because he should never have been detained, prosecuted, and convicted for his journalism.

On Monday, a military court in Cameroon sentenced Ahmed Abba, a correspondent for Radio France Internationale’s (RFI) Hausa service, to 10 years in prison and ordered him to make a payment of 55 million Central African francs (US$91,133).

Abba, who has been held in pretrial detention for 635 days, was convicted of “non-denunciation of terrorism” and “laundering of the proceeds of terrorist acts”.

“Ahmed Abba should never have been detained, prosecuted, and convicted for his journalism – let alone ordered to spend a decade behind bars,” said CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

“This outrageous sentence signals the lengths that Cameroon authorities are willing to go to intimidate the media and thwart freedom of the press.”

Abba intends to appeal his sentence within the 10 days set by the court.

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