WMA Welcome Release Of Dr Beko Ransome-Kuti

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The World Medical Association has welcomed reports that Nigeria's new military leader is releasing a number of political prisoners, including Dr Beko Ransome-Kuti, former secretary general of the Nigerian Medical Association.

The WMA has spent the past few years pressing for the release of Dr Ransome-Kuti who was sentenced to life imprisonment in Nigeria in 1995, accused of trying to overthrow the Nigerian Government. In recent months concern has been growing about Dr Ransome-Kuti's health and the WMA has intensified its efforts to bring about his freedom.

Dr Anders Milton, chairman of the WMA Council, said: "I warmly welcome Dr Ransome-Kuti's release and I thank all those of our national medical association members who have worked so hard to bring this about".