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Detained journalist denied family visits

AI-Index: AFR 41/9792/2019

Journalist Amade Abubacar was transferred from the Macomia district prison to Mieze prison in Pemba district, the capital of Cabo Delgado province on 24 January. Since then prison authorities have denied him family visits. He was allowed one supervised visit with members of a Commission of the Mozambican Bar Association and his lawyer on 25 January where he alleged that he had been subjected to ill-treatment while in military detention.


Amade Abubacar is a 31-year-old community radio journalist was arbitrary arrested on 5 January 2019 by police officers in Macomia district while he was interviewing internally displaced civilians who fled their homes due to the intensification of violent attacks by people believed to be members of an extremist group known as «Al-Shabab» in the Northern Cabo Delgado. Without an arrest warrant, the police officers handcuffed him, confiscated his cell phone and took him to Macomia Police station. On the same day, Amade Abubacar was transferred from Macomia District Command of the Police of the Republic of Mozambique (PRM) to the military detention in Mueda, where he was held incommunicado for 12 days without being brought before court.

On 18 January, Macomia’s District Judicial Court ordered his continued pre-trial detention at the Macomia District Police Command.

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