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Jailed newspaper editor pardoned by head of military government

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders hails the release of Abdel Fettah Ould Abeidna, editor of the weekly "Al Aqsa", on 8 April 2009 as a result of a pardon issued by the head of the military government, Gen. Ould Abdel Aziz.

Abeidna had been detained in the capital, Nouakchott, since his arrival on 30 November 2008 from Dubai, from where he was extradited. A Nouakchott criminal court had sentenced him in November 2007 to a year in prison on a charge of criminally libelling Mauritanian businessman Mohamed Ould Bouamatou, whom he had linked to international cocaine trafficking.

He was one of 68 prisoners who were given pardons after justice minister Bal Amadou Tidiane visited Nouakchott's prisons.

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