Reporters Without Borders is relieved by journalist and atheist blogger Alexander Kharlamov's release from prison into house arrest yesterday but reiterates its call for the withdrawal of all the charges against him so that he can recover his full freedom.
"Kharlamov's ordeal has dragged on for too long," Reporters Without Borders said. "After six months in pre-trial detention, including several weeks in a psychiatric clinic against his will, no hard evidence has been produced to support the grave accusations made against him.
"We hope that, after the additional investigation requested by the prosecution, the judicial authorities will recognize that the charges were trumped-up and will compensate him. The growing use of enforced psychiatric hospitalization for dissidents highlights the disturbant reemergence of the worst Soviet practices in support of Kazakhstan's current crackdown."
Written By: Reporters Without Borderscontinue to source article at trust.org