Wednesday May 22, 2013
Human Rights Ambassador Asks Benin to Drop All Politically Motivated Charges Against Berthe CakpossaLetter by William Gomes Salem-News.com
Convicted of "offending the head of state"?
(YORK, UK) - Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes, asked the prime minister of republic of Benin, Pascal Koupaki to immediately drop all politically motivated charges against Berthe Cakpossa.
On January 16, a judge in Cotonou, the commercial capital, sentenced Berthe Cakpossa, director of Canal 3 TV, to three months in prison, a fine of 500,000 francs CFA (US $1,000), and symbolic damages of 1 franc CFA, according to news reports. Cakpossa was charged with "offending the head of state.
William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Ambassador for Salem-News.com, marked Benin’s judiciary as one of the most corrupt sectors in the country.
Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes said Judicial corruption had been endemic long before President Thomas Yayi Boni came to office in 2006.
Mr. Gomes said tt is really alarming that this government and the corrupt judiciary worked hand to hand and illegally sentence Berthe Cakpossa.
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Salem-News.com Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes is a Bangladeshi journalist, human rights activist and author was born on 25 December, 1985 in Dhaka. As an investigative journalist he wrote widely for leading European and Asian media outlets.
He is also active in advocating for free and independent media and journalists’ rights, and is part of the free media movement, Global Independent Media Center – an activist media network for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate telling of the truth. He worked for Italian news agency Asianews.it from year 2009 to 2011, on that time he was accredited as a free lance journalist by the press information department of Bangladesh. During this time he has reported a notable numbers of reports for the news agency which were translated into Chinese and Italian and quoted by notable number of new outlets all over the world.He, ideologically, identifies himself deeply attached with anarchism. His political views are often characterized as “leftist” or “left-wing,” and he has described himself as an individualist anarchist.
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