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Cablegate: Gon Appeals Dismissal of Kaka Case

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RR RUEHMA RUEHPA
DE RUEHNM #0737 2101441
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 281441Z JUL 08
FM AMEMBASSY NIAMEY
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 4451
INFO RUEHZK/ECOWAS COLLECTIVE
RUEHLMC/MCC WASHDC
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS 0706

UNCLAS NIAMEY 000737

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

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PHUM SOCI KCOR KPAO NG
SUBJECT: GON appeals dismissal of Kaka case

Ref: Niamey 623 and previous

1. On July 23, 2008 the investigating judge dismissed the criminal
case against jailed Nigerien journalist Moussa Kaka and ordered him
freed from prison. Nigerien law grants prosecutors 48 hours to
appeal such rulings, so Kaka was not immediately released.

2. On July 25, the state prosecutor appealed the decision and Kaka
will remain held pending resolution of the appeal.

3. No hearing date has been set for the appeal.

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