Somalis Celebrate Release of Mogadishu Police Chief
Celebratory gunfire erupted in the Somali capital late Thursday as Mogadishu’s police chief was released from a Swedish jail, after being held this week on suspicion of genocide.
He had been arrested on Monday in the southern Swedish city of Lund while attending an international conference.
Militiamen in control of the bullet-scarred city of Mogadishu, unleashed a torrent of anti-aircraft artillery and machine gun fire into the sky after the 57-year-old confirmed reports of his release in a live radio interview.
He was freed after a Swedish court rejected a prosecutor’s request to keep him in custody due to a lack of evidence that he was involved in war crimes in the southern Somali port town of Kismayo in 1991.