Somali Court Freed Journalist Daud Abdi Daud, Lawyer of Abdiaziz Koronto deposits an appeal

Mogadishu, 12 February 2013 The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) welcomes the release of the Somali journalist, Daud Abdi Daud by the regional court on Tuesday 12 February 2013, meanwhile the defending lawyer of Abdulaziz Abdinur Ibrahim deposited an appeal to the appeals court on Tuesday 12 February 2013.

The regional court freed Daud Abdi Daud, who works for Kulmiye and head of Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture, on bail granted by the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) on Tuesday afternoon February 12, 2013 and the Attorney General’s office accepted the bail.

He was arrested on 5 February 2013 outside the regional court soon after the hearing of the trail of the journalist Abdiaziz Koronto finished. He was in detention for 7 days without charges. Daud Abdi Daud who spoke with NUSOJ after his release said that “He was arrested for expressing his personal views saying that, “The journalist had the right to interview a woman, if she permits, even if he is invited by a first lady.” Meanwhile, the defending law of Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim deposited an appeal to the appeals court on Tuesday February 12, 2013.

The regional court handed down Abdiaziz Koronto to one year prison term on February 5, 2013, a judgment which sparked local and international outrage. The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) calls for the Somali government to ensure that the journalists receive fair trail. “We welcome that our colleague Daud Abdi Daud received his freedom back and Call for the government to decriminalize the basic freedoms granted by the provisional federal constitution.” Mohamed Ibrahim, Secretary General of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said, “The appeal of Abdulaziz has been deposited to the Appeals court today, a development which we hope the journalist might get justice.”

The National Union of Somali Journalists reiterates its call for justice to Abdilaziz Abdinur Ibrahim. It is expected to be heard in the appeals court shortly.

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Will keep you updated.

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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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