Somaliland frees prominent journalist

The self-declared republic of Somaliland has freed controversial Somali journalist Abdimalik Muse Oldon following a presidential amnesty.

Mr Oldon had been behind bars for more than 13 months. He was found guilty of defamation and spreading false news by a court in Hargeisa in July 2019 and sentenced to three and half years in prison.

He has repeatedly denied all the charges and his lawyers called the judgement an injustice.

Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi on Saturday ordered for his release following pressure from opposition leaders and human rights groups.

This was the second time Mr Oldon was released through a presidential pardon.

He told the BBC that he was released after representatives of political parties spoke to Somaliland’s president.

He said he was treated well while in prison but had become ill.

Since Somalia’s civil war and the collapse of government in 1991, Somaliland has been a self-declared independent state and has its own government. However, it is not officially recognised by the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU) or any country.


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