Somali intelligence accused of torturing detained journalists
Mogadishu (Harar24) – Allegations of torture leveled against the Somali intelligence services have emerged after the crackdown on Radio Shabelle and Sky FM radio stations and the arrest of 19 of their employees, 17 being journalists.
According to the director of Radio Shabelle, Mohammed Muse, who spoke to Harar24 three of their members of staff were severely tortured while in custody, with two of them being in critical condition.
“Three of our colleagues, Abdimalik Yusuf the owner of Shabelle and Sky FM, director of Sky FM Mohamud Arab and Shabelle’s deputy news editor Ahmed Abdi Hassan remain illegally detained for the fourth day without any charges” said Muse. “They remain imprisoned by the intelligence services, on top of that they’ve been badly tortured, including electrocution. Abdimalik and Arab are now in a serious condition” he added.
According to an intelligence official the aforementioned individuals are in custody and stated that they will face the court over allegations of “incitement” and “defamation”, but the official, who requested anonymity because he isn’t authorized to speak to the media, denies any of the three men were tortured.
Radio Shabelle and Sky FM radio stations were raided and closed down as security forces stormed their building in Mogadishu last Friday 15th August and arrested nineteen employees. Eventually sixteen of the arrested employees were released two days later on Sunday. Radio Shabelle has been targeted and closed down by authorities three times since 2007, while also having lost twelve journalists who were killed mostly in Mogadishu.