July 18, 2012 ·34 Comments
HARGEISA — Somaliland government has released Bogor Osman Mohamed Buurmadow , four months after he was detained after Initially been charged with anti-national activity of a citizen abroad, subversive or anti-national propaganda and continuing offence, which were later dismissed.
Boqor Osman Mohamed Buurmadow was released early Wednesday morning after spending more than four months in prison and he is currently in his residential home in Hargeisa, Somaliland.
Speaking from his home Boqor Osman Mohamed Buurmadow thanked all those who supported him during period he was in detention and that his health was perfect, but he stopped short of revealing the reasons behind his early release from prison.
The release of Boqor Osman Mohamed Buurmadow comes amid mounting pressure from both local and the international community for the immediate and unconditional release of the traditional leader from jail.
Amnesty International just last week urged the Somaliland authorities to quash the conviction against him, after he was sentenced on 8 July to one year’s imprisonment after conviction for insulting a public official.
Boqor Osman Mohamed Buurmadow has been in custody since 15 March 2012, when he was detained at Hargeisa’s airport upon his return from the United Arab Emirates.
The basis for his conviction had been related to his criticism in 2011, while he was in the United Arab Emirates, of a visit to China by the President of the Republic of Somaliland.
Boqor Osman Mohamed Buurmadow was Initially charged with “anti-national activity of a citizen abroad”, “subversive or anti-national propaganda” and “continuing offence”, all offences under the Somaliland Penal Code, but on8 July, the judge dismissed these charges and instead found him guilty of insulting a public official, an offence punishable by six months to two years imprisonment, according to Article 268 of the Penal Code.
By Goth M Goth
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