• Fri. Oct 30th, 2020


ByBeatrice Muthoni

Aug 21, 2020

Yassim juma former NTV journalist has been set free despite two court orders directing his release followin an intervention by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the embassy in Addis Ababa.

Yassim Juma who has tested covid-19 positive while in police custody has now been transferred to a covid-19 isolation facility.

Juma was finally moved from Sostegna police station where he was held despite his release on bail by the Ethiopian judicial authorities on August 5.

Juma was arrested following the death of musician Hachalu Hundessa while covering protests on July 2 that erupted in Ethiopia’s Oromia region.

 “The Ministry has been informed that Yassim Juma was released by the court in Arada sub-city on 5th August 2020. This decision was confirmed by the High court in Lideta on 7th August 2020,” MFA referenced in a recent letter.

Hundessa who was perceived as an activist for the Oromo ethnic group was shot dead by unknown assailants while driving in the capital Adis Ababa, sparking violent protests that left several people dead.

Juma is reportedly said to have been arrested because of his close relationship with the controversial musician.

Disappointments have been expressed by the Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs over his detention which it said to have caused immense anguish and anxiety to him, his family and the people and Government of Kenya.

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