Appeals court reduces editor’s sentence

first_img May 30, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Appeals court reduces editor’s sentence August 4, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information 30/05/03The Djibouti appeals court on 28 May cut Le Renouveau editor Daher AhmedFarah’s six-month suspended jail sentence to four months. The fine of twomillion Djibouti francs (FD) (more than 10,000 euros) was cancelled and hewas ordered to pay damages of 500,000 FD (about 2,500 euros) instead. Thecourt also said the daily paper could be published again. After thehearing however, Farah was taken back to Gabode prison, where he was lockedin an old lavatory measuring only 2.5 metres by 1.5. The second case forwhich he is in jail is still being prepared.————————————-28/05/03Reporters Without Borders urged the authorities to release newspaper editor Daher Ahmed FarahReporters Without Borders today urged the authorities to release newspaper editor Daher Ahmed Farah when his appeal hearing is held on 28 May. Farah has been detained since 20 April for libelling deputy army chief Gen. Zakaria Cheik Ibrahim.The organisation urged state prosecutor Djama Souleiman Ali to show clemency and request Farah’s release at the hearing. Farah is both editor of the newspaper Le Renouveau, and the head of an opposition political party, the Movement for Democratic Renewal and Development (MRD).”To our knowledge, Daher Ahmed Farah just exercised his right to inform the public, a right guaranteed by several international treaties ratified by the Republic of Djibouti,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. “Nothing justifies this prolonged detention,” Ménard added, noting that the United Nations condemns “imprisonment as punishment for the peaceful expression of an opinion.” Reporters Without Borders also announced that a member of Lawyers Without Borders would arrive in Djibouti today May to defend Farah. No local lawyer is willing to defend him.The deputy army chief sued Farah for libel because of an article on 6 March accusing the army high command of carrying out politically-motivated dismissals. On 17 March, Farah was sentenced to a suspended sentence of six months in prison and a fine of 2, 000,000 FD (about 10,000 euros). Le Renouveau criticised the army again on 17 April, accusing it of lacking “neutrality” and saying it ” should be apolitical.” Farah was arrested three days later and placed in solitary confinement in Gabode prison. Only his mother has been allowed to visit him. His request for provisional release was turned down on 30 April.A few days after his arrest, the Djibouti special police went to Farah’s home and to the headquarters of the MRD where they confiscated seven typewriters, an amplifier, replacement ink cartridges for the photocopiers, and all of the newspaper’s files, although no search warrant was shown. On the morning of 5 May, police confiscated the latest issue of the newspaper from news stands and newspaper vendors.Farah was previously detained several times in the past few years. In most cases, he was prosecuted for a press crime and sentenced to prison terms for fines. On 15 March, he was detained for a day and fined for “undermining the army’s morale.” DjiboutiAfrica Another Voix de Djibouti reporter arrested in Djibouti City RSF_en Organisation Follow the news on Djibouti News News DjiboutiAfrica La Voix de Djibouti is not run by “opposition illiterates,” RSF says July 17, 2020 Find out more News December 9, 2020 Find out more Djibouti: Detained reporter’s home searched, Facebook account hacked to go further Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders urged the state prosecutor to release opposition editor Daher Ahmed Farah, detained since 20 April, and announced that a lawyer arrived in Djibouti to defend him. Newslast_img

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