British diplomats intervene in attempt to release Radio Shabelle owner
Mogadishu (Harar24) – British diplomats are intervening in the case of an arrested Somali-British citizen held for the last seven days in a prison administrated by Somali intelligence services in Mogadishu.
According to sources close to Radio Shabelle owner Abdimalik Yusuf, who’s a British citizen, British diplomats visited the facility where he was held and enquired about him, in an attempt to secure his release. Abdimalik, the owner of both Radio Shabelle and Sky FM radio stations, told the diplomats that he was being detained illegally for seven days, held without charge, his property confiscated and was subjected to torture.
The sources further told Harar24 that the Somali officials agreed to free Abdimalik Yusuf on several conditions, including that he should drop all claims of torture and that he would not attempt to sue anyone regarding the storming of his radio stations and confiscation of his property. The conditions were completely rejected by Abdimalik Yusuf.
Negotiations and talks between the British diplomats and Somali officials are still ongoing in order to secure the release of Abdimalik Yusuf, who was detained with two other Somali journalists whose fate remain unknown and undecided.