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Journalist charged with criminal offenses

AI-Index: AFR 41/1029/2019

On 5 September 2019, journalist Amade Abubacar and his lawyer were notified by the Office of the Public Prosecutor of Cabo Delgado Province of final charges against him. On 10 September, the defence presented a response to the accusation. The Cabo Delgado Provincial Court will now decide whether to accept the charges against Amade or withdraw the accusations against him.


Amade Abubacar is a freelance journalist who also works with Nacedje community radio based in Macomia district, Cabo Delgado province. The police arrested him on 5 January 2019 in Macomia district and took him to Macomia’s Police Station. At the time of his arrest, he was interviewing internally displaced people (IDPs) who had fled their homes due to the intensification of violent attacks carried out by people believed to be members of an extremist group known as Al-Shabaab. On the same day, Amade was transferred from police custody to military custody, where he spent 12 days in incommunicado detention, and he alleges to have been subjected to different torture and other ill-treatment. He was transferred back to police custody on 17 January.

He was first brought before court on 18 January, which was beyond the 48 hours limit set by law for a person to be brought to court after arrest. The Macomia’s District Judicial Court ordered his continued pre-trial detention at the Macomia District Police Command. On 24 January, Amade was transferred from the Macomia district prison to Mieze prison in Pemba city, the capital of Cabo Delgado province.

He was held in pre-trial detention for more than 90 days before being formally charged. Article 308 of the Criminal Procedural Code states that a person cannot be held in pre-trial detention for more than 90 days after their arrest.

On 16 April, after more than 90 days in pre-trial detention, Amade was formally charged. On 23 April, journalist Amade Abubacar was granted provisional release from Mieze prison in Pemba City by the Cabo Delgado Provincial Court.

In addition to Amade, Germano Daniel Adriano, a journalist at Nacedje community radio station, was arrested on 18 February 2019 by security forces and detained incommunicado in Mieze prison. Germano is being jointly charged with Amade Abubacar.

Since May 2019, the Cabo Delgado Provincial Court has adjourned Amade’s case three times; the first hearing, scheduled for 17 May, was postponed to 23 May due to a conflicting appointment in the judge’s agenda. On 23 May, the Cabo Delgado Provincial Court adjourned the hearing to 27 June because the wrong witnesses had been brought to the Court. On 27 June the pre-trial hearing was postponed to 25 July due to a clerical error.

The northern districts of Cabo Delgado province, including Macomia, have experienced armed attacks since October 2017. The attacks are carried out by people believed to be members of an extremist group, Al-Shabab, who invade villages, set houses on fire, hack villagers to death with machetes and loot their food. Several residents of the attacked villages have fled to other districts fearing for their lives. This province is important to the central government due to its richness in mineral resources, including gas and rubies. Therefore, the government increased the military presence in the region after the attacks began. Since then, the authorities have intimidated, harassed, and prevented journalists from reporting on the situation. Amade has been covering attacks on civilians by armed groups in the Cabo Delgado province since they first started.

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