22 February 2013

Somalia: Somali Journalists' Union Praises Conduct of 'Rape Case' Appeals

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has praised the judiciary's handling of appeals trials for journalist Abdiasis Abdinuur Ibrahim and alleged rape victim Lul Ali Osman, Somalia's RBC Radio reported Thursday (February 21st).

A Somali court on February 5th sentenced Ibrahim and Osman to one-year jail terms for offending state institutions. Their cases were brought before the court for appeals on Wednesday, and will re-open on February 27th.

"We are pleased with the way the procedure of the hearing was conducted," said NUSOJ Secretary-General Mohamed Ibrahim. "We urge the appeals court to continue the hearing in a fair manner, [through] which we believe our colleague, Abdiasis Koronto, will get his freedom back."

NUSOJ also co-ordinated a meeting in Mogadishu on Monday to discuss the press law drafted by the Ministry of Information, Posts, Telecommunications and Transport.

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