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Urgent Action update: Detained journalist yet to be charged

On 5 April, Journalist Amade Abubacar will have spent 90 days in detention. He has yet to be formally charged with a recognisable criminal offense or put on trial. After the 90 days, his detention will be illegal since 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. He is being held at Mieze prison in Pemba city, the capital of Cabo Delgado province.

Take action.




Please write urgently in your own words or using the template letter included in English or Portuguese to:


Minister of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs 
Joaquim Veríssimo
Ministry of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs
Av. Julius Nyerere 33
Maputo, Mozambique
Email: and 
Salutation: Dear Honourable Minister


And copies to:

Jaime Basílio Monteiro 
Ministry of Interior 
Av. Olof Palme 46/48, 
Maputo, Mozambique 
Salutation: Honourable Minister

President of the Republic of Mozambique
Filipe Jacinto Nyusi 
Avenida Julius Nyerere, PABX 2000 
Maputo, Mozambique 
Facebook (@NyusiConfioemti), Twitter (@FNyusi)

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

HIS EXCELLENCY MR FILIPE CHIDUMO, High Commission for the Republic of Mozambique, 21 Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 6EL tel: 020 7383 3800  Fax 020 7383 3801 email:, Salutation: Your Excellency

Please check with your section before sending appeals after the above date.

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