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Latest update : 2008-10-08

Moussa Kaka, a correspondent for Radio France Internationale held in prison in Niger for the past year, has been released pending trial. FRANCE 24 spoke to him shortly after his release.

Moussa Kaka, correspondent for Radio France Internationale in Niger, has been provisionally released from the Nigerien prison where he had been detained for over a year.

He was accused of having ties with Tuareg rebels and “plotting against the government”. The French RFI says that his contacts with dissident forces were neutral and strictly journalistic, and he is widely supported by fellow journalists.

FRANCE 24 spoke to Kaka after his liberation. "I am feeling fine after one year and 17 days of incarceration. I am at home in Niamey".

Marches in his name were held in Paris on Sept. 20 and elsewhere, which he said played an importaNt role in his liberation. "International mobilisation was very important and did very much to contribute to my temporary liberation".

“I know I am innocent and all their accusations are false”,  Kaka told FRANCE 24.

Christine Ockrent, director-general of RFI, said: "We pleaded for a gesture of understanding and cooperation. We still hope that this gesture from the head of state of Niger will follow through, so that our joy and Moussa's will be complete while respecting the law."

Date created : 2008-10-07