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Somaliland: Imprisoned Opposition Officials on Hunger Strike

HARGEISA (SD) – Somaliland’s Wadani Party said the opposition officials incarcerated in Baki prison are on a hunger strike in protest of their illegal detention.

The officials of the Wadani Party who recently visited the prison where the officials are incarcerated told the media about the prisoner’s hunger strike.

“The 26 prisoners in the Baki District Jail in Awdal Region, including the Secretary of Youth and Sports of the National Party, Yusuf Tadhase, the Chairman of Marodi-jeh Region of the National Party Mawlid Qaro, Mukhtar Mingiste, Abdi Hassan Dugulo, Yusuf Ali Isman, who are members of the Central Council of the Waddani Party, are on a hunger strike.” said Secretary of Justice of the National Party Yonis Ahmed Yonis.

Adding “Some of the prisoners are sick, there are no Doctors available and their relatives are not allowed to bring them medicine and other basic things they need, leading to the death of a prisoner.”

The incarcerated opposition Officials have been arrested for campaigning and participating pro-election protests that took place in Somaliland on August 11, 2022.

Somaliland prison guards responded to Wadani’s statement regarding the prisoners with threats and denial.

Commander of the Somaliland Prison Guards Major General Ahmed Awaali Yusuf (Libaax) dismissed the Waddani statement as false and said will prosecute the Secretary for the comments.

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