We have learnt that the release of Zaki Sayid Zaki 'Abd al-Malak (featured in Worldwide Appeal - The Wire, April 2003) has been ordered after he completed three-quarters of his sentence in April. As you may remember, Amnesty International adopted him as a prisoner of conscience on the basis that he was imprisoned solely on the grounds of his actual or perceived sexual orientation.
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