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ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF MAURITANIA:
CHARGES AGAINST MAURITANIAN BLOGGERS DROPPED

Update info:
18 Aug 2019 (Suspended)
Latest info:
17 Jun 2019 (Updated)
19 Apr 2019
Country:
ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF MAURITANIA
Subject:
Cheikh Jiddou (he/his); Abderrahmane Weddady (he/his)
Period:
18 Sep 2019
Distribution date:
18 Aug 2019
UA No:
049/2019

All the charges against bloggers Cheikh Jiddou and Abderrahmane Weddady were dropped by a judge, who also dismissed the case against them, on 29 July. Their travel and identification documents were also returned to them. Both had been conditionally released on bail on 3 June.

NO FURTHER ACTION IS REQUESTED. MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO SENT APPEALS.

Bloggers Cheikh Jiddou and Abderrahmane Weddady had their case dismissed after a judge dropped all charges against them on 29 July. Three days later on 1 August, their travel and identification documents were returned to them.

The two bloggers were arbitrarily arrested on 22 March by the economic crimes police in Nouakchott. This is after they posted comments on Facebook condemning corruption. Their comments came after media articles were published alleging that some Mauritanian officials had acquired wealth illegally and stashed it abroad. They were detained by the economic crimes police until 27 March, when they were taken to the prosecutor of West Nouakchott for questioning. Afterwards, they were transferred to the Central prison of Nouakchott.

The two were released on bail on 3 June.

‘‘I would like to thank sincerely all the Amnesty International members who have been mobilized since the beginning. I would like to assure them that I will not give up, my fight will continue to defend human rights in particular freedom of expression’’ said Cheikh Jiddou to Amnesty International.

NAME AND PREFERRED PRONOUN: Cheikh Jiddou (he/his); Abderrahmane Weddady (he/his)

THIS IS THE THIRD AND FINAL OUTPUT FOR UA 49/19

LINK TO PREVIOUS UA: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/afr38/0500/2019/en/ https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/amr37/3776/2016/en/