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Mauritania - Aaron Yoon to be released from prison

    July 15, 2013

    Amnesty International has confirmed that a Mauritanian appeal court ruled on Sunday 14 July that Aaron Yoon, a Canadian from London, Ontario should now be released from prison. 

    Mauritanian officials had launched the appeal seeking to have Aaron Yoon’s 2-year sentence increased to ten years. The court instead reportedly reduced his sentence to 18 months, noting that he has now served that amount of time and should be released from prison. 

    It is not yet clear when Aaron Yoon will actually be released from prison and allowed to leave the country. 

    Amnesty International calls on Mauritanian officials to comply promptly with the appeal ruling, including allowing Aaron Yoon to return to Canada if that is his wish.

    For further information contact John Tackaberry, Media Relations                (613)744-7667 #236 jtackaberry@amnesty.ca

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