– Yassin was arrested on July 4, 2020, while covering protests in Ethiopia
– The journlaist was accused of working with opposition leaders to destabilise the country
– The Kenyan scribe was charged with incitement, plotting to create ethnic violence and plotting to kill senior Ethiopian officials
– On August 5, the court ordered for his release but sources indicate the journalist is still behind bars
Garissa Township MP Aden Duale has tasked the Ministry Affairs to tell the country about the status of the case pitting Kenyan journalist Yassin Juma against Ethiopian authorities.
Yassin was arrested on July 13, 2020, while covering protests that erupted in Ethiopia’s Oromia region following the death of Hachalu Hundessa, a popular musician and activist.
The former majority leader demanded to know what the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was doing to help Yassin secure his freedom.
“What specific measures are being pursued by Kenya to secure the release of Yassin as well as to guarantee his absolute freedom? What immediate assistance or facilitation is the government currently according the journalist?” Duale posed during his address on the floor of the National Assembly on Wednesday, August 12.
The Kenyan scribe was accused of having strong ties with the activist who until his demise was a fierce critic of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government.
He was also associated with another Oromo activist and Abiy’s critic, Jawar Mohammed, who reports indicate is the owner of the media house Yassin was working for.
He was charged with incitement and involvement in violence, plotting to create ethnic violence and plotting to kill senior Ethiopian officials and faced the charges alongside four others.
On August 5, the court ordered for his release but sources indicate the journalist is still behind bars.
Prior to his release, Yassin’s was reported to have developed health complications amid concerns over his legal representation.
A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Juma, whose real name is Collins Juma Osemo, had been granted relevant consular assistance.
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