Posted by: africanpressorganization | 13 January 2009

Gabon / France





Gabon / France


PARIS, France, 13 janvier 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — French ministry of Foreign Affairs Daily Press Briefing



Taken questions


Q – Did the Ministry intercede with Gabonese authorities on behalf of Thierry Levy, the attorney for the five NGO heads and the journalist arrested at the end of December, so that he could return to Gabon?

Would another visa refusal constitute, in your opinion, a violation of the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty?


Let me remind you that since last Thursday, we have been asking that the rights of the defense be respected and that the detainees have access to council.


The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs did indeed request that the issue of Mr. Levy’s visa be facilitated. This is a customary step.


The Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty signed in 1963 between France and Gabon allows for defense attorneys from the two countries to practice equally in both countries.


We are in contact with both the Gabonese authorities and with Mr.

Levy, who will be received by the ministry today./.



SOURCE : France – Ministry of Foreign Affairs



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