Amnesty International has learned that Kuwaiti journalist Muhammad â€˜Abd al-Qader al-Jasem was released on bail on 4 December 2009, 12 days after being detained. He had been held at the Interior Ministryâ€™s Criminal Investigation Department in the Kuwaiti capital, Kuwait City, after criticizing the Kuwaiti Prime Minister, Sheikh Nasser Al Sabah, during a private meeting in October 2009.
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Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC): Release Vano Kiboko (UA 29/16)
Former member of parliament Vano Kiboko is currently serving a three year prison sentence for publicly opposing a third term for the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila. He was transferred to a military detention centre in Kinshasa on 27 January, following accusations that he was trying to create an “insurrectional movement” within the civilian prison where he was detained.
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