Viewing cable 05KABUL5076
Title: THE DIPLOMATIC COMMUNITY DELIVERS DEMARCHE ON

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05KABUL50762005-12-15 04:25:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Kabul
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C O N F I D E N T I A L KABUL 005076 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR SA/FO AMBASSADOR QUINN, S/CT, SA/A 
NSC FOR AHARRIMAN, KAMEND 
CENTCOM FOR POLAD, CG CFA-A, CG CJTF-76 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/24/2015 
TAGS: PGOV PHUM IR RS BO AF UNGA SEP
SUBJECT: THE DIPLOMATIC COMMUNITY DELIVERS DEMARCHE ON 
JAILED JOURNALIST ALI MOHAQIQ NASAB 
 
REF: KABUL 4884 
 
Classified By: AMBASSADOR RONALD NEUMANN FOR REASONS 
1.4 (B) AND (D) 
 
¶1.  (SBU)  On December 13, 2006, a diplomatic delegation lead 
by Canadian Ambassador David Sproule delivered a demarche to 
Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Abdullah addressing the 
arrest, trial proceedings, and jail sentence of Afghan 
journalist Ali Mohaqiq Nasab.  The delegation included 
Ambassadors from Canada, Norway, Italy, EUSR, and 
representatives from the EC and the USA.  The delegation 
informed Abdullah that the international community was 
concerned with Mr. Nasab's case, which runs contrary to 
Afghanistan's responsibility to protect the rights to freedom 
of opinion and expressions, as guaranteed under article 34 of 
the Afghan Constitution, and article 19 of the International 
Convention on Civil and Political Rights to which Afghanistan 
is a Party.  They also noted that the involvement of the 
Supreme Court in the criminal trial process highlights 
deficiencies in the judicial system.  The case should have 
been tried by the Media Commission and not the Supreme Court. 
 After raising these issues, the delegation requested the 
release of Mr. Nasab. 
 
¶2.  (SBU)  Abdullah agreed that certain judicial procedures 
were breached in the handling of Mr. Nasab's case and that 
the earlier this case was resolved the better all concerned 
would be.  He stated that he was scheduled to meet with 
President Karzai later today and would pass the message on to 
him. 
 
¶3.  (C)  Subsequent to the delivery of the demarche, Abdullah 
met privately with Sproule and informed him that the GOA will 
make every effort to release Nasab before parliament convenes 
on Dec 19, 2005.  (COMMENT.  We cannot guarantee that this 
will happen.  We will continue to press the issue but should 
not in any way publicize the hope of an early release.  END 
COMMENT.) 
 
¶4.  (SBU)  We will continue to monitor the case and provide 
an update when Nasab is released. 
NEUMANN