Nigerian doctor held as “prisoner of conscience”

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 18 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1247

A Nigerian doctor has been imprisoned by the Nigerian special military police in conditions that border on torture, claims his daughter, Morenike Ransome-Kuti. Dr Beko Ransome-Kuti was arrested on 27 July 1995 for speaking out about the arrests and secret trials of 43 people allegedly involved in an attempted coup in March 1995.

Dr Ransome-Kuti was secretly tried by the special military police and sentenced to life imprisonment. This sentence was reduced in October 1995 to …

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