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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,20TH AUG 2020-Kenyan journalist Yassin Juma has been released from an Ethiopian police cell 50 days after he was detained.
A statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry said Juma is now in isolation at a state-run facility as he had tested positive for coronavirus.
“Kenya Embassy in Ethiopia has managed to assist Collins Juma Osemo alias Yassin Juma, Kenyan journalist arrested in Ethiopia, to move to government manage isolation facility after he tested positive to COVID-19 at Sostegna police station where he was held until yesterday (Wednesday),” the ministry said on Twitter.
His release comes two days after an order from the Ethiopian Attorney General who said the journalist was detained wrongfully because of language barrier.
Juma’s lawyer Abdulletif Amee however questioned the reason the State gave for the wrongful detention.
Juma had also written a letter to the Daily Nation newspaper expressing fears over his deteriorating health after he tested positive for COVID-19.