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Puntland Journalist Faysal Set Free
Reporter, 40 Others Benefit From Presidential Pardon
By SOMALIA REPORT 07/31/2011
Faysal Mohamed Hassan in Court
Somalia Report
Faysal Mohamed Hassan in Court
Puntland authorities in Bosaso have released Faysal Mohamed Hassan and 40 other inmates following a presidential amnesty, state officials said on Sunday.

The release comes in the wake of condemnations from various pressure groups, including the New York-based Committee To Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Puntland security forces arrested Faysal (alias Boston) in June following allegations against him over alarmist reporting. Prosecutors charged him of jeopardizing state security and publishing what they termed as ‘anti-government propaganda.’

Faysal was serving a one-year sentence for allegedly implicating Puntland soldiers as being behind the beheading of two people in the region.

Speaking to Somalia Report shortly after his release, Faysal said he was pleased to be free and thanked the Puntland government and all those who helped secure his release.

“I am very happy to be able to reunite with my family," he said.

According to the officials, 40 other inmates were also released along with Faysal. The released prisoners had committed crimes ranging from piracy, rape to violent robbery.

The release follows a presidential amnesty offered by President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole ahead of the Holy Month of Ramadan celebrations.