Editor released

November 7, 2006 12:00 PM ET

 UPDATE 

November 7, 2006
Original Case: October 18, 2006

Norbert Ngoua Mezui, Nku’u Le Messager
IMPRISONED

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.


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