Sabahi (Washington, DC)

Somalia: Somali Appeals Court Needs More Time for Verdict On 'Rape Case'

A Somali appeals court said on Wednesday (February 27th) it will announce its verdict in the case of jailed journalist Abdiasis Abdinuur Ibrahim on Sunday, al-Jazeera reported.

Judge Hassan Mohamed Ali said he needs more time to reach a decision because "this case has a lot of weight".

A court in Mogadishu on February 5th sentenced Ibrahim and a woman he interviewed who said she was raped by Somali security forces to one year in prison for offending the honour of the state.

National Union of Somali Journalists secretary general Mohamed Ibrahim voiced his disappointment of the delay. "Our friend is going back to jail," he said. "This delay is not good. Verdict should have been announced today."

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