While I welcome the release of activists Ibrahima Diallo and Sékou Koundono on 13 March, I am concerned that they are both subject to judicial supervision and that the trumped up charges against them of assault, assaulting a public officer and production and dissemination of data threatening public order and security are still pending.
On 12 March, the Court of Appeal ordered the release of Ibrahima Diallo and Sékou Koundouno. The two activists were released on the next day, 13 March, but remain under judicial supervision. They must report once a week to the office of the investigating judge in charge of the case.
Amnesty International believes that the activists are facing trumped-up charges, linked to their comments regarding Commissioner Fabou Camara, violating their right to freedom of expression which is guaranteed by Guinea’s Constitution (article 7 and 10) and Guinea’s international obligations.
In light of the above, I urge you to:
- immediately and unconditionally drop the charges against them and end the judiciary control;
- Refrain from further arrests of individuals for exercising their right to freedom of expression.