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US News Libya: calls are increasing to release journalist Ismaïl Abuzreiba

13:15  06 august  2020
13:15  06 august  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Local media say Ismail Abuzreiba was accused of contact with channels and agencies banned in "UNSMIL is dismayed by the sentencing of the journalist Ismail Abuzreiba to 15 years "I call on the authorities to immediately release him, ensure the respect of his fundamental rights and of freedom of

The Libya Observer is a key source for comprehensive coverage of Libya daily news and events. Abuzreiba was arrested in December 2018 by an armed group on charges of cooperating with “terrorist TV stations”pic.twitter.com/AiaKl3HKQb.

Vue de la ville de Benghazi où a été jugé par un tribunal militaire le journaliste libyen (image d'illustration). © AFP Photos / Abdullah Doma View of the city of Benghazi where the Libyan journalist was tried by a military court (illustration image).

Appeals from Libyan and international organizations to the authorities in eastern Libya have multiplied to release journalist Ismaïl Abuzreiba. The photographer was sentenced to 15 years in prison before a military court in Benghazi.

Ismaïl Abuzreiba did not bear arms, he is not a militiaman and he did not participate in the violence which shakes the country; all the local press relayed it. Yet it was before a military court in Benghazi that he appeared in May. The date of his judgment was only communicated to his lawyer last week. He was therefore unable to accompany her.

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2/2 The mission is concerned that the detention and trial appear to violate Libya 's laws as well as its international obligations on the right to a fair trial and the right to freedom of opinion and expression. UNSMIL calls for the immediate release of Ismail Abuzreibapic.twitter.com/87wTxMsJ1n.

Welcome to The Libya Observer on Facebook. Your source for comprehensive and feature coverage of Libya UNSMIL expresses dismay at the sentencing of the journalist Ismail Abuzreiba to 15 years in prison by a military court in Benghazi, demanding his immediate release .

Ismaïl Abuzreiba was abducted by forces of Khalifa Haftar in his hometown of Ajdabya in December 2018 while covering a cultural activity for a local media.

His lawyer, informed a posteriori, says that no evidence has been provided on the 11 charges against him, including "support for terrorism".

An unprecedented judgment

For Mohamad al Najem, head of the Libyan center for press freedom, this judgment is "unjust and does not obey any rule of judicial rights for the accused. This is unprecedented in Libya "he regrets before mentioning:" Libya is unfortunately influenced by the Egyptian neighbor where civilians go before military courts in the name of the fight against terrorism ". For its part, the UN mission in Libya is calling for his "immediate release".

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