Journalist Luka Binniyat released on bail in Nigeria

Luka Binniyat's hearing was held at the Federal High Court in Kaduna State, Nigeria.

After 84 days in pre-trial detention, the journalist and defender of persecuted Christians Luka Binniyat was released on bail during the hearing held at the Federal High Court in Kaduna State, Nigeria.

Accused of defaming Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna State's internal security commissioner, Luka Binniyat was arrested after publishing an article in which he denounced the persecution of Christians and the government's failure to no arrests.

On January 27, he pleaded not guilty to charges of cyberstalking and aiding and abetting cybercrime offenses. His trial will take place on February 28. He faces up to three years in prison with a fine of 7 million naira, or more than 15 euros.

Mervyn Thomas, founding president of the Christian Solidarity Worldwide welcomed this release on bail but deplores “a long and unjustified period of pre-trial detention in a maximum security prison”.

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