20/03/07 (B387-A) BBC : Sentence contre un Défenseur des Droits de l’Homme à Djibouti. La FIDH dénonce les conditions du procès et demande la relaxe immédiate. Human rights sentence in Djibouti (Info lectrice en Anglais)

court in Djibouti has sentenced a human rights activist to serve six months
in jail for defaming a presidential guard.

Jean Paul Noel Abdi, who heads Djibouti League of Human Rights, was also fined
$360 for accusing the soldier of rape.

The court said Mr Abdi lacked evidence linking President Ismail Omar Guelleh’s
private guard to the incident.

The Paris-based International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) said the conviction
was unfair.

FIDH spokesperson Florent Geel demanded the activist’s immediate release.

” We feel that these were trumped up charges against Mr Abdi because
he has been vocal against human rights violations in Djibouti,? Mr Geel told
the BBC’s Network Africa programme.”

Mr Abdi, who is also Amnesty International’s local representative, has 10
days to appeal against the sentence.