Mauritania anti-slavery activists freed after court order

Anti-slavery campaigner Ould Abeid (C), runner-up in the 2014 presidential elections and leader of the Abolitionist Movement in Mauritania, was sentenced to two years in jailTwo anti-slavery activists in Mauritania, one of them a former presidential candidate, walked out of jail with “head high” Tuesday after the country’s supreme court downgraded the crimes they were convicted of last year and ordered their release. “We left prison with head high, without ever giving into attempts at compromise or submission to power,” Biram Ould Dah Ould Abeid told reporters after being freed along with Brahim Ould Bilal. Ould Abeid, runner-up in the 2014 presidential elections and leader of the Abolitionist Movement in Mauritania, had been sentenced to two years in jail along with Ould Abetty for a public order offence and belonging to a non-authorised organisation following an anti-slavery protest.

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