Reporter 400, 21 April 1997

Treason charge

The Nobel prize-winning Nigerian writer and playwright Wole Soyinka has been charged with treason in his homeland. The penalty is death. Soyinka, a Leeds graduate who also holds an honorary degree from the University, was charged with conspiring to start war on Nigeria's military leader. He has said he is not surprised at the reacton of the regime to his pro-democracy stance.
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