Alleged rape victim & reporter sent to jail after hearing
Mogadishu (Harar24) – An alleged rape victim, a journalist who interviewed her and the owner of Radio Shabelle were forced to attend their court hearing a few days ago. At the end of the court hearing all were taken away to Mogadishu’s central prison, a move which has raised the concern amongst human rights organizations and the United Nations.
The hearing comes after the rape victim and the journalist had been detained for five days, while Radio Shabelle owner Abdimalik Mohamud was released only to be arrested again. As they were present in court, attending the hearing, the alleged suspects were free, they had prior been arrested and kept in custody, but were released after an hour.
The case first came to light when Radio Shabelle journalist Mohamed Bashir interviewed nineteen year old Fadumo Abdiqadir, who is also a journalist in her respective right, about her rape allegations. Fadumo further claimed that her rapists threatened to kill her and her father if she went public about this or told anyone. The government had them then arrested for what they said was “defamation”.
Despite the government’s action against the three accused of “defamation”, no legal steps were taken against the two other accused journalists, who allegedly raped Fadumo. Yet, Abdimalik Mohamud was imprisoned because the Shabelle reporter who interviewed Fadumo apparently used a camera belonging to the station which he heads.
According to Aljazeera Abdimalik Mohamud is quoted as having told them: “They denied both of us lawyers. They put us in jail with convicted criminals.”
Recent sources are now indicating that Fadumo Abdiqadir and Mohamed Bashir have gone on a hungerstrike.
Journalists in Somalia seem to be particularly having a difficult time, some are killed, some threatened with death and now, getting arrested for reporting a crime committed against them.