Somaliland:Regional court Orders Poet Abdirahman Abees Released from Custody

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The Somaliland police arrested the poet Abdirahman Abees in Hargeisa
The Somaliland police arrested the poet Abdirahman Abees in Hargeisa
Horndiplomat-Hargeisa regional court found poet Abdirahman Abees not guilty and ordered immediate release. The court said he exercised his freedom of expression.
On Saturday, 12 January 2019, the government of Somaliland arrested poet Abdirahman Abees, a British-Somalilander dual national.

The arrest of the poet is related to a poetry reading performed by the poet on 11th January 2019 in Hargeisa, according to government authorities who spoke to Human Rights Centre (HRC), and family members.
At a poetry reading event convened at Hargeisa, the poet recited poems talking about “police brutality, “arbitrary detentions” and “poor leadership”.

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