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Journalist brutally beaten by Gabon president’s men leaves hospital

Journalist Habib Papy Boudendji, popularly known as Habib Bilalou, of satirical weekly Le Nganga, left hospital on December 10 after treatment for serious injuries from a brutal beating by soldiers within the presidential palace on December 5.

In one of his articles, carried by Le Nganga on November 27, he pointed the finger at the head of state’s eldest daughter and director of the presidential cabinet, Pascaline Bongo, in an alleged embezzlement case.

The journalist told Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) that he had been clubbed on the feet and was unable to walk properly. Habib Bilalou has also been left with several bruising to his face, particularly to one eye and his nose. He said he was “worried” about his safety.

Date posted: December 17, 2008 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 257