Mezui, editor of the private, Libreville-based weekly, was provisionally released after serving a 21-day sentence for defamation. The sentence was suddenly implemented three years after it was handed down. This case has been marked by gross judicial irregularities, according to local journalists.
Mezui is appealing the conviction, according to his lawyer Francis Nkéa. The journalist plans to sue the authorities for damages on the grounds of wrongful detention, Nkéa told CPJ.