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Cablegate: Rfi Correspondent in Niger Released

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RR RUEHMA RUEHPA
DE RUEHNM #0623 1751443
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 231443Z JUN 08
FM AMEMBASSY NIAMEY
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 4385
INFO RUEHZK/ECOWAS COLLECTIVE
RUEHLMC/MCC WASHDC
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 0696

UNCLAS NIAMEY 000623

DEPT FOR AF/W DENNISON, AF/RSA HARPOLE AND AF/PDPA LISENBY

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PHUM SOCI KCOR KPAO NG
SUBJECT: RFI correspondent in Niger released

Ref: Niamey 460 and previous

1. Journalist Moussa Kaka was granted provisional release from
prison on June 23, 2008. Kaka is the director of the private radio
Saraounia and RFI correspondent in Niger. He was arrested on
September 20, 2007 and later charged under Niger's national security
statute for alleged collaboration with MNJ rebels.

2. The state prosecutor appealed the decision, and Kaka was back in
custody shortly after his release.

3. No trial date has been set.

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