After the heartbreaking possibility that Mubarak Bala had been killed in prison, I am delighted to say, the email claiming his death was fake. He is alive and well and has been allowed to make some ‘phone calls.
Before we get angry that anyone would send such a heartless fake email, we should consider the possibility that the intention may have been to pressure the Nigerian authorities to allow Mubarak some contact with the outside world and to redouble efforts of foreign governments to press for him to be treated according to Nigerian law. The email gave me, and many others, a sleepless night but I think on balance it has helped Mubarak’s quest for justice. I hope so anyway.
For details of the fake email see here.