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Somalia Closes Down ‘Notorious’ Prison


Abdullahi Osman

Mon, 17 Dec 2018 21:02 GMT

The Somali government has said it has shut down a ‘notorious’ prison in the capital, Mogadishu, as part of its reform in the security sector and human rights.

Godka Jilaow is an underground prison where terror suspects and journalists were being held and tortured by the country’s intelligence agency, the National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA).

Internal Security Minister Mohamed Abukar Islow said, “The national security ministry decided to turn this prison into a training facility where NISA agents and officials will be trained in social integration and human rights,”

Islow said the inmates will be relocated to other prisons and police cells. The facility is holding hundreds of prisoners, some of whom are held for years without charges and face torture, according to human rights groups.

In 2014, heavily-armed al-Shabab militants attacked the prison in an attempt to free fellow fighters held there, but security forces were able to thwart the attack.