Saturday, January 14, 2006

Al Mansouri- One Year in Prison

Libyan cyber-dissident Abdel Razak Al Mansouri was arrested in the eastern city of Tobruk on the night of 12 January 2005 and was transferred two days later to a prison in Tripoli. Since then, he has never been allowed to see his family.

He was given the 18-month prison sentence by Tripoli court on 19 October for "unauthorised possession of a pistol." But the real reason for his arrest and conviction was almost certainly the articles he had been writing for nearly a year for a dissident website based in London, http://www.akhbar-libya.com/ , in which he raised social issues and criticised human rights abuses by the Libyan authorities. Read more here from RSF. Previous blogs on Al Mansouri here and here from last August.

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