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Libya - Court sentences editor in absentia for five years in prison

Reporters without borders
Reporters Without Borders is outraged to learn that a Tripoli court sentenced Amara Abdallah Al-Khitabi, the editor of the privately-owned newspaper Al-Umma, in absentia to five years in prison and ordered him to pay 250,000 dinars in damages for allegedly defaming judicial officials. Charged with criminal libel for publishing a list of allegedly corrupt judges and prosecutors in November 2012, Khitabi, 68, was convicted of criminal libel on 17 August but the sentence was not notified to (...)

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