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Tunisia prevents Mohammed Abbu from traveling for the second time
Cairo, October 23, 2007
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information condemned today the denial of the right to travel and movement, the Tunisian authorities inflicted upon the former prisoner of conscience, lawyer Mohamed Abbu. He was prohibited from traveling to Cairo to attend Ibrahim Essa's trial, the editor in chief of the independent Aldostur , the trial is set to take place on 24th October,2007.
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information invited Mohammed Abbu in coordination with the National Council for Freedoms in Tunisia to attend and follow up Ibrahim Essa's tomorrow's trial, as a step taken from the Tunisian activists to declare their support to the Egyptian journalists who are facing a harsh repressive bout coming from the Egyptian government which is jeopardizing the existence of the independent press in Egypt.
This is the second time the Tunisian government denies Mohammed Abbu his right to travel during tow months after his release last July, he was denied from traveling to London last August to appear on Aljazeera channel; the next time was his attempt to travel to Cairo.
This denial is unlawful and is based solely on the will of the Tunisian Police as his release didn't contain any indication to prohibit him from leaving Tunisia.
Mohammed Abbu: a Tunisian lawyer and human rights activist became one of the most prominent prisoners of conscience in the Arab world after the Tunisian authorities prosecuted him and sentencing him to three years in jail for writing an essay published on the internet in which he criticizes the conditions of prisons in Tunisia. He was freed last July after an Arab and international campaign taken place to release him after spending tow years in the notorious Tunisian Kaf prison.