Niger - French journalists' driver freed



    MONTREAL, Jan. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Al-Hassane Abdourahman, the driver of
French journalists Thomas Dandois and Pierre Creisson, was released today
without having to pay bail, Reporters Without Borders has learned from his
lawyer. The organisation is delighted by the decision, taken by the
investigating judge in charge of the case.
    Abdourahman had been held in Kollo prison camp (20 km south of Niamey) on
a charge of "complicity in a violation of state security." His lawyer,
Daouda Samna, filed a request for his release on 18 January after a similar
request submitted by the lawyer of the two French journalists was accepted.
"He left the prison this morning and is now with his family," Samna said.
    Dandois and Creisson returned to France after being released on bail on
18 January. They were arrested on 17 December on charges of "violating state
security" after going to Niger on assignment for the Franco-German TV station
Arte.




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For further information: Katherine Borlongan, secretary general,
Reporters Without Borders, (514) 521-4111, Cell: (514) 258-4208, Fax: (514)
521-7771, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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