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Mauritania - Aaron Yoon released from prison is back in Canada

    July 30, 2013

    Amnesty International has confirmed that Aaron Yoon, who was released from prison in Mauritania on 23 July, returned to Canada on Friday 26 July, 2013.

    Aaron Yoon has gone into seclusion with his family for a few days at an undisclosed location.

    A Mauritanian appeal court ruled on Sunday 14 July that Aaron Yoon, a Canadian from London, Ontario should 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 had, by that time, served that amount of time and should be released from prison.

    An Amnesty International delegation, including AI Canada Secretary General Alex Neve, interviewed Aaron Yoon extensively in prison in June 2013. 

    Amnesty International has highlighted serious concerns that he was subject to torture when he was first taken into police custody and that trial and appeal proceedings in Mauritania did not meet minimum international fair trial standards.
     

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

    Alex Neve's blog from Mauritania June 2013