Somali Court Frees Journalist Held Over Rape Report


Somalia’s Supreme Court on Sunday freed journalist Abdiaziz Abdinoor Ibrahim imprisoned for interviewing a woman who claimed she had been raped by government soldiers. Abdinoor has been in Banadir region’s central prison for about three months.

Ibrahim, also known as Koronto, was arrested on January 10th along with the alleged rape victim for offending state institutions.

In February, both the journalist and the woman were sentenced to a year in jail, but the court dropped all charges against the woman on March 3, while Ibrahim’s sentence was halved.

Judge Aidid Abdulahi Ilkahanaf said the charges against Abdinoor had now been dropped and the court “has given journalist Abdiaziz Abdinuur his freedom back,” according to AFP.

“I’m very happy that I got my freedom back, I thank those who worked in this process that helped my release including my lawyers,” Ibrahim said upon leaving court.

 Image courtesy of Jowhar

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