Somaliland Freed the detained Journalist Mohamed Adan Dirir with Presidential Pardon

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Mohamed Adan Dirir is being held at the central prision in Hargeisa.

Horndiplomat-Journalist Mohamed Adan Dirir who has been serving 18 months in jail term is released from prison with Presidential Pardon.Journalist Mohamed Adan Dirir who has been in prison in 9 months has been released as part of a presidential pardon of over 500 prisoners.

On October 8, 2017, regional court in Hargeisa sentenced journalist Mohamed Adan Dirir, in a one-day trial on October 8, 2017, to 18 months in jail on charges of criminal defamation and publishing false news.

The charges are linked to articles Mohamed allegedly wrote on sites including Gabiley Media, in which he accused a group of private schools in Hargeisa of misconduct and corruption, Guleid Ahmed Jama, chairman of the non-governmental organization Human Rights Center in Somaliland, told CPJ after the journalist’s arrest.

This is a developing story, Please check back at the Horndiplomat for Updates.

By: Mohamed Duale Editor-in-Chief HornDiplomat Tweets @Mohamaduale

SOURCE: HORNDIPLOMAT

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