Notorious Jilicow Prison in Mogadishu Still Open a Year After Government Announced Its Shutdown

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) –The Somali government previously announced the formal shutdown of the notorious Jilicow Prison in Mogadishu more than a year ago, however, local media now reports the jail is still working.

The Prison was previously announced its shutdown due to a mounting pressure from Human Rights organizations and members of the public who tabled complaints as regards notorieties and atrocities committed inside the facility.

More than a year later, Goobjoog radio based in Mogadishu reports that the Prison is still open following an investigation by its reporters –hosting a number of inmates and also serving as a center where suspects are investigated.  People who have been detained inside the facility told reporters that they met with other inmates, a telltale sign showing the Prison was still working.

Goobjoog reporters also found that the Prison was used by Banadir’s Regional Intelligence Services. However, the Somali National Police confirmed that they were not aware of the move in which the Prison was again opened after the announcement of its official shutdown.

This is the last major scandal facing the Somali government showing its insincerity due to poor checks and balances system, and corrupt judiciary institutions which are unable to contain efforts by the government to bypass adhering to the law and International Human Rights Principles.

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