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Sudan releases prisoner of conscience

Headline Title:  Sudan releases prisoner of conscience 20 January 2013 Sudanese teacher and activist Jalila Khamis Koko, who was arrested by the National Security Service in March 2012, was released from detention after a court hearing today.Jalila was acquitted of all charges except those related to “spreading false news”, a vague provision of the criminal code often used by the government to silence dissent. It is punishable by six months in prison, but the court released her since she had already spent nine months in pre-trial detention.“Jalila’s release is victory for justice but…

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