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Police re-arrest TV manager Munir Mengal after he is cleared by Baluchistan High Court

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders voiced indignation at the authorities' hounding of Munir Mengal, one of the managers of Baloch Voice television, who was released by the Baluchistan High Court on 12 September 2007. The court declared that he was guilty of no crime, but he was nonetheless rearrested by police.

The inspector general of police in Balochistan told journalists in Quetta on 14 September that Mengal had been arrested by the criminal investigation bureau.

"It is outrageous that 17 months after being kidnapped by military secret services in Karachi, Munir Mengal has still not been released," the worldwide press freedom organisation said. "The authorities should respect the High Court ruling. His latest arrest is illegal de facto and an insult to the rule of law," it said.

Lawyers for Mengal decided to take a new case to the Baluchistan High Court against the provincial police and the security forces.

Elsewhere, authorities in Sindh province, ordered to explain the journalist's disappearance, had said on 19 September that he was no longer being held by their services.

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