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Kurdish president pardons doctor who was jailed for writing about homosexuality

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders welcomes the 7 December 2008 release of physician and freelance journalist Adel Hussein from prison in Erbil (330 km north of Baghdad) under a pardon granted by the president of Iraq's Kurdistan region at the start of every religious festival.

Hussein had been in prison since 24 November, when he was found guilty of offending public decency under article 403 of the criminal code for writing an article about homosexuality for the independent Kurdish-language weekly "Hawlati".

Updates the Hussein case: http://www.ifex.org/en/content/view/full/98997

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