Mauritania: Further information on fear of ill-treatment / legal concern: Memed Ould Ahmed, Mohamed Yehdih ould Breidelil, Hamada Ould Beddy, Mohamed Ould Bowba; new names; Cheikh Ould Ouda'a, Cheikh Ould Bouasria, Abdellahi Ould M'Haimed, Bah Ould Bah, I
Fifty-two of the people arrested since 24 October, including one woman and seven military officers, have been charged with membership of an illegal association and creating a new political movement contrary to the law. The more serious charge of providing information to a foreign power has been dropped. They are due to appear before a Correctional court imminently. The defendants' lawyers have been denied access to the legal dossiers and some of the accused have made statements that they were tortured during interrogation.