SA journos released

2010-12-21 07:24

Two South African journalists were freed by authorities in Somalia’s northern breakaway enclave of Somaliland.

SABC reported the two were passengers on a plane that was loaded with weapons destined for Puntland, a neighbouring and rival self-proclaimed state in north-eastern Somalia.

It said chief prosecutor Aden Hero Diig told reporters they had been released yesterday, a day after Air Transport Minister Mohamed Hashi Abdi said they would be charged with falsely claiming to be journalists.

The two were working for an American television station.The plane landed in Hargeisa earlier this month where it was seized.

Officials said Puntland was obtaining arms despite a UN weapons embargo on Somalia.

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