Malian court throws out case against journalist for publishing sensitive letter

Source:Xinhua Published: 2013-5-1 16:22:08

A court in Mali has thrown out a case against a Malian journalist, who was arrested in March for publishing a letter of soldiers to press for the removal of privileges given to the ex-junta leader.

The court in the capital Bamako's IV district on Tuesday rejected the case against journalist Boukary Daou, who was arrested on March 6 after publishing an open letter by soldiers to the West African country's interim President Dioncounda Traore.

In the letter, the soldiers demand the cancellation of the benefits given to Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo, the ex-junta leader, who is currently the chairman of the military committee in charge of carrying out reforms of the Malian defense and security forces.

The court decided to throw out the case after it ruled that Daou's lawyers had proved that there was no case against him.

Daou, the director of "Le Republicain" newspaper, was arrested on charges of "inciting people to commit crimes and for publishing falsehood." He was released on bail on April 2.
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