Democratic Republic of the Congo: Editor Rigobert Kwakala Kash released

The Writers in Prison Committee of English Pen welcomes the release of Rigobert Kwakala Kash, director and editor of the Le Moniteur. Kash was arrested on 11 January 2007 and charged with libel, insult and spreading false rumours. Governor Jacques Mbatu Situ brought these charges against Kash after he published articles on the embezzlement of public funds in November-December 2006. Upon his arrest, Kash was informed that he had been sentenced to eleven months in prison on 6 January 2007.  

However, Kash was provisionally released on 16 February 2007, after a detainment of 35 days, but this was, regretfully, conditional on the payment of 30,000 Congolese Francs in fines (approximately $US 54.50).

More information on the case can be found here and here.

English Pen will continue to monitor this case, but no further action is required at the moment. Thank you to those who sent appeals on behalf of Rigobert Kwakala Kash. 

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