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Equatorial Guinea: Artist Freed from Prison

An Equatorial Guinean court on March 7, 2018 released an artist imprisoned on dubious charges for nearly six months, 18 human rights groups said today. The prosecution dropped all charges against Ramón Esono Ebalé, a cartoonist whose work is often critical of the government, at his February 27 trial after the police officer who had accused him of counterfeiting US$1,800 of local currency admitted making the accusation based on orders from his superiors. “It is a huge relief that the prosecution dropped its charges against Ramón, but they should never have been pressed in the first place,” said…

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