Gagan Thapa appeared before the Special Court in Kathmandu in August 2005, where he was charged with sedition before being released pending trial. He told trial observers that such international attention had been instrumental in ensuring his safety. "If the international community had not been present at the right moment, the action taken against me would have been even more serious... As soon as the international pressure started, the police changed their tone." Gagan Thapa, a student leader and former Secretary General of the Nepal Students Union (NSU), was detained by police in Kathmandu on July 27, 2005. He chose to stay with the other prisoners so as not to appear privileged.
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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.
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