Jailed Mauritian editor freed under pardon

The editor of the Mauritanian website Taqadoumy has been freed from a two-year jail sentence for violating public decency, inciting revolt and “criminal publication”. Hanevy Ould Dehah was pardoned by the Islamic Republic of Mauritania’s president Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz in honour of the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday just weeks into his prison term. Dehah was originally arrested on 18 June 2009 following a complaint from Ibrahim Sarr, head of the opposition Alliance for Justice and Democracy Movement party, over an article detailing his personal fortune. He was then retried by the Supreme Court on the same charge last month.