Backs the Appeal for the Release Awke Abdullahi, imprisoned
in his 46 day in the Town fo Bosaso, Puntland
Mogadishu, 17 April, 2012
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) backs the
appeal of the release of the Awke Abdullahi, Director of Radio
Voice of Peace in Bosaso who was imprisoned in his 46 day in
the commercial port town of Bosaso.
Puntland administration detained Awke
Abdullahi after the radio station he was the director, aired
clashes between Puntland administration and the militants -
affiliated to Al-Shabab, fighting against the Puntland administration
at the Galgala mountains near Boosaaso of Bari region citing
Shabab spokesman during the report and as a result, the Radio
station was closed down, took some of its equipments and detained
its director Awke on March 3, 2012.
The wife of the journalist, Mrs. Istahil Abdi Garad and his
children, who was visited at her residence in the commercial
port town of Bosaso by journalists of Bari region led by NUSOJ
Puntland Coordinator, Omar Said Mohamed last week appealed to
the Puntland government to release her husband.
"My husband is detained for more than 6 weeks and was
not brought before a court" Mrs. Istahil Abdi Garad said,
"Therefore, I appeal to the government to release my husband,
as soon as possible."
Mrs. Garad pointed out that, "My family has faced economical
hardships, since my husband who was the only breadwinner for
the family was arrest and there is no any other person supporting
"We back the appeal for the release of our colleague made
by his family and call for the Puntland authorities to immediately
either release him or bring him before a fair court." Mohamed
Ibrahim, NUSOJ Secretary General said, "It is unfair and
unlawful to keep a person in jail without court order in such
a long time."
The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) demands from
the Puntland authorities, in addition to the union's appeal
for the release of Awke Abdullahi, to allow the radio station
to resume operations and return its equipment immediately.
The radio station, Radio Voice of Peace (Codka Nabadda Radio)
in Bosaso was not allowed to resume
operations and its equipments was not returned as well and
its director remains imprisoned.