Human rights organizations on Saturday called in Brazzaville for the release of Congolese journalist Ghys Fortuné Dombé Bemba, who has been detained for 10 months without trial.

“The journalist Dombé Bemba no longer has his place in prison. He must be released because the state could not judge him during the six months which represent a normal period of preventive detention, “said Charlin Kinouani, deputy coordinator of the Citizen Movement Ras-le-Bol. , signatory of the declaration with nine other organizations.

Mr. Dombé Bemba “goes badly in prison: he suffers from an eye disease and has a history of cardiovascular disease (…), he must be released so that he can go for treatment and live in adequate hygienic conditions”, indicates the statement.

Ghys Fortuné Dombé Bemba, 49, editor of the independent weekly Thalassa, has been detained in the Brazzaville prison since last January.

The signatory NGOs believe that his detention is “arbitrary”.

Mr. Dombé Bemba was “suspected of having committed acts of complicity in undermining the internal security of the State in relation to Frédéric Bintsamou, aka Pastor Ntumi”, accused of maintaining insecurity in the Department of Pool (South).

The Pool region has plunged into violence since April 2016, following the validation of the results of the disputed re-election of President Denis Sassou Nguesso.

Originally from Pool, like Pastor Ntumi, Mr. Dombé Bemba has been running the Thalassa newspaper for more than a decade, publishing critical articles and information about alleged abuses of power in Brazzaville.