Ethiopia Releases Jailed Somali Lawmakers, Radio Simba Reports

By Jason McLure
March 17 (Bloomberg) — Ethiopia released two Somali lawmakers and an official in the country’s transitional government after detaining them for 15 days, Somalia’s Radio Simba said.
The officials were released yesterday after being detained for their role in fighting in the Hiraan region of Somalia, which borders Ethiopia, according to a report on the Web site of the Somali-owned station provided by the BBC Monitoring Service. The report didn’t give details.
The three were released after negotiations between the Somali and Ethiopian governments, the report said, citing Abdirahman Kulmiye Hasan, a Somali parliamentarian.
Ethiopia withdrew troops from Somalia in January 2009 after a two-year occupation.
To contact the reporter on this story: Jason McLure in Addis Ababa via Johannesburg on pmrichardson@bloomberg.net.

By Jason McLure
March 17 (Bloomberg) — Ethiopia released two Somali lawmakers and an official in the country’s transitional government after detaining them for 15 days, Somalia’s Radio Simba said.
The officials were released yesterday after being detained for their role in fighting in the Hiraan region of Somalia, which borders Ethiopia, according to a report on the Web site of the Somali-owned station provided by the BBC Monitoring Service. The report didn’t give details.
The three were released after negotiations between the Somali and Ethiopian governments, the report said, citing Abdirahman Kulmiye Hasan, a Somali parliamentarian.
Ethiopia withdrew troops from Somalia in January 2009 after a two-year occupation.
To contact the reporter on this story: Jason McLure in Addis Ababa via Johannesburg on pmrichardson@bloomberg.net.