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Issue 467 -- 8th-14th January 2011

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News Headlines

Upper House Member Asks President Geele To Support Somaliland

Somaliland Will Transfer Military Supplies From Impounded Plane To The UN

Local and Regional Affairs

Many Sudanese Leave North For South Ahead Of Sundayís Vote

Uranium Being Smuggled Via EA To Iran - Wikileaks
Somalia's Al-Shabaab Bans Mixed-Sex Handshakes
 UN Refugee Agency Warns On Greek Anti-Migrant Fence
Ethiopian Tax Authorities Gets First Shipment Security Scanners


A Positive Example From Somalilandís Colonial Past

Features & Commentary

International News


Debunking Common Fallacies about Who Abandoned Somali Unity
SSC Terror Boss Stranded In Dubai

US Confirms American Held In Kuwait

Washington, January 8, 2011 ó The US government said Friday it has offered its services to an American held in Kuwait and who reportedly alleges he was beaten by security agents inquiring about his trips to Somalia and Yemen.

Gulet Mohamed, a 19-year-old born in Somalia, was detained at an airport in Kuwait when he traveled there last month to renew his visa, according to The Washington Post which quoted his lawyer Gadeir Abbas.

The US State Department denied charges -- which the Post said were made by Mohamed through his attorney -- that Kuwaiti officials detained the young man on behalf of the United States.

"He was not detained at the behest of the United States government," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters.

"We have been providing him consular services. I'm not at liberty to say a great deal," he said, adding he did not have a legal waiver of privacy to say more about him.

But Crowley added: "We are aware of his detention. We have provided him consular services, and we are ensuring his well-being, as we would for any citizen in detention."

According to the Post, Abbas said he had spoken over the phone with his client who alleged security agents repeatedly struck him in the face while he was blindfolded and handcuffed.

He added that Mohamed was also beaten with a stick.

Abbas said the interrogators asked Mohamed whether he knew the US-Yemeni cleric and terror suspect Anwar al-Awlaki, whom senior US officials consider a terrorism threat on a par with Osama bin Laden.

Source: AFP





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