Somaliland: Gabobe of Hatuuf Jailed

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L-R Ahmed Ali Egge and Yusuf Abdi Gabobe editor and chief editor of Haatiuf newspapers placed in remand custody

By: Yusuf M Hasan

HARGEISA (Somalilandsun) – The chief editor and proprietor of the Hatuuf media group has been placed in custody by the Hargeisa regional Court.

Mr. Yusuf Abdi Gabobe who was attending the hearing of a case against him and his Hatuuf Media group at the Hargeisa regional court was placed in remand custody by the Magistrate though no reasons were given.

The editor of the newspaper Ahmed Ali Egge was also placed in remand where both he and his boss will remain during the hearing of the public vs. Hatuuf case in which the government of Somaliland is demanding the duo journalists to produce evidence relating to various alleged corrupt practices within the government.

The public vs. Hatuuf newspapers case originates from a number of items published pertaining to high level and unchecked corruption within high echelons of the government and more specifically as per oil deals undertaken by the Minister of Energy and minerals.

mid last month the government proscribed the Hatuuf media group of newspapers and thence submitted case against its two chief officials for publishing numerous false and malicious items in its publications alleging corruption by state officials who deny them thus want Gabobe and Egge to produce relevant evidence in a court of law.

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