July 18, 2008

Somalia: UNHCR Secures Release of Social Group Arrested in Hargeysa

Text of report by privately-owned Somali radio HornAfrik on 18 July

[Presenter] The police in Somaliland this afternoon released members of social groups movement who had been by the police at the Hargeysa airport. Muhammas Ise Diriye has the details.

[Diriye] Up to 20 members of the Somali social groups who were earlier today arrested by police at Hargeysa airport were released this afternoon. The members who included seven women had flown out of Adan Adde International Airport in Mogadishu aboard Daalo Airlines today. It is reported that they had flown to Hargeysa in response to an invitation by UNHCR to attend a seminar.

The release of the group followed negotiations between Somaliland officials and UNHCR officials based in Hargeysa.

Originally published by Radio HornAfrik, Mogadishu, in Somali 1600 18 Jul 08.

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