Hughes Bessacque, Brice Obanda, Gervais Amogo, Abdul Allogo Mintsa, and Pascal Nkoulou, five members of the Gabonese opposition party Bongo Doit Partir (BDP), Bongo Must Go (or BDP-Gabon Nouveau), were released on October 1, 2003, after three months of detention. They have been reunited with their families and are generally in good health, although they did suffer some health problems during their imprisonment. They had been charged with threatening state security and insulting the head of state. Most, if not all, of them were released without charge. In a press release BDP-Gabon Nouveau's leader thanked members of Amnesty International and others for having put pressure on the government, as this was a factor in their release.
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Urgent Action Update: Journalists' Sentences Reduced, One Acquitted (Oman: UA 206/16)
The Appeal Court in Muscat postponed to 12 December its decision on the case of the three Azamn journalists, Ibrahim al-Maamari, Youssef al-Hajj and Zaher al-Abri. They face up to three years in prison. If detained, they would be prisoners of conscience.
Amnesty International is concerned about the fairness of proceedings leading to the trial and conviction of Leonard Peltier, an Anishinabe-Lakota Native American who was convicted of murdering two FBI agents.
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