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Cameroonian journalist jailed for 10 years for contact with Boko haram group, gets reduced sentence



A Cameroonian writer who was imprisoned since July 2015 in connection to his providing details regarding the terrorist group Boko Haram, had his ten-year jail sentence decreased on Thursday by a Cameroonian military interest court.

Ahmed Abba, a columnist for Radio France Internationale’s Hausa benefit, was imprisoned for a long time on charges of “non-denunciation of terrorism” and “laundering of the proceeds of terrorist acts”

Mr. Abba, has just served 29 months in jail and will probably be discharged from jail as quickly as time permits.

Responding to the most recent improvement, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), in an announcement said Mr. Abba was wrongly sentenced fear mongering charges by a Cameroonian military court in April 2017 because of his providing details regarding the the extremist group Boko Haram.

He additionally clarified that the military court struck out a charge of laundering cash to fear based oppressors however maintained a charge of “non-reprobation of psychological oppression,” which conveys a two year sentence.

“We are delighted that Ahmed Abba will finally be free, having already spent 876 days in jail too many.  Abba was a victim of a monumental travesty of justice and should never have been arrested or charged in the first place,” said CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal. “He must now be free to pick up the pieces of his life and return to his journalism without further fear of reprisal.”

Rights Groups and RFI also welcomed Thursday’s ruling, saying: “This ruling is a victory for Abba, who has been detained for more than two years simply for doing his job as a journalist,” said Amnesty International Researcher, Ilaria Allegrozzi.

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