The Trial of the Somali Journalist, Abdiasis Koronto Started in Mogadishu

Mogadishu, 02 February, 2013 | Somali journalists gathered at the regional court on Saturday morning,  February 02, 2013 both to show solidarity and report the trail of the  Somali Journalist, Abdiasis Abdinur Ibrahim (Koronto) who was accused  insulting state institution and fabricating a false story, following  his interview he conducted with a Somali woman who said that she was  raped.

The hearing started at 12:35pm local time and the precede judge, Ahmed  Adan announced that the court is open and asked the Attorney General,  Abdulkadir Mohamed Muse to present witnesses and evidences in support  of the charges against the journalist and the four held in connection  with the rape case.

The prosecuting attorney who is the Somali Attorney General,  Abdulkadir Mohamed Muse presented the interview of the journalist  conducted and his job accreditation card provided by Ergo Radio and  four witnesses against the alleged rape victim. Though the preceding  judge said that “these are not enough for your charges”.  This is  contrary to the earlier claims of the Attorney General following his  last week’s media conference in which he declared that the file has  been successfully completed.

The Attorney general requested two days to bring more witnesses and  evidences and  the preceding judge announced that the court is closed  and will resume on Tuesday morning,  5 February, 2013 at 8:00am in the  morning for the next hearing.

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) is disappointed about  the continued detention of the journalist, which is in detention since  January 10 and call for the Somali government to urgently drop the  charges against the journalist and respect the freedom of expression  and the press.

“Keeping the journalist in jail for a long time, for only interviewing  a woman allegedly gang raped by members of the state security and  charged for insulting the state institution and fabricating a story,  is a matter is great concern among the Somali media practitioners.”  Mohamed Ibrahim, NUSOJ Secretary General said, “The government must  drop the charges and release the journalist and call for respect of
the freedom of expression and the freedom of the press, which is  currently at stake and bring the journalists’ killers to justice”

Somali journalists are confident that the journalist, Abdiasis Koronto  has nothing to do with the alleged charges and reiterated that to  interview a victim is not a crime and are very hopeful that Abdiasis  be released soon.

The journalist, Abdiasis Koronto was arrested on January 10, 2013 and  was accused of interviewing a woman, who alleged being raped by state  security forces. The interview has not been published on any media  outlet. At the same time, the Somali Police claims that this  journalist is the author of a reportage that appeared on Al  Jazeera/Universal TV. The police searched Abdulasis’s home twice, took  his laptop and digital voice recorder.

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For further information, contact:
National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ)
Press House, Taleex Street, KM4 Area, Hodan District,
Mogadishu, Somalia, Tel: +252 1 859 944,
e-mail: nusoj@nusoj.org.so
/ newsletter@nusoj.org.so

Internet: http://www.nusoj.org.so

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