[Somalia] Journalist’s sentence halved

English PEN joins the Writers in Prison Committee of PEN International in welcoming the reduction on appeal of Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim’s prison sentence for interviewing a woman allegedly raped by security forces. Ibrahim’s sentence was reduced from one year to six months by the Somali Court of Appeal on 3 March 2013.  PEN also welcomes the acquittal of the alleged rape victim, but continues to call for Ibrahim’s conviction to be quashed and for his immediate and unconditional release.

For more information on the developments in Ibrahim’s case, please visit the PEN International website.


Please send appeals:

• Welcoming the reduction on appeal of freelance journalist Abdiaziz Abdinur Ibrahim’s prison sentence from one year to six months and the release of the alleged rape victim whom Ibrahim interviewed;
• Urging the Somali authorities to quash Ibrahim’s conviction and to release him immediately and unconditionally;
• Calling upon the Somali authorities to allow Ibrahim full access to lawyers, doctors and family members, until such time as he is released.

Appeals to:

Minister of Interior and National Security

H.E. Abdikaram Hussein Guled,
Ministry of Interior
Mogadishu, Somalia
Email: guuleed20@hotmail.com
Salutation: Dear Minister

Minister of Justice

H.E. Abdullahi Abyan Nur
Ministry of Justice
Mogadishu, Somalia
Email: justicesom@hotmail.com
Salutation: Dear Minister

State Minister of the Presidential Palace

H.E Farah Sheikh Abdulkader
Office of the President
Mogadishu, Somalia
Email: faaraxsheekh@yahoo.com
Salutation: Dear Minister

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