Belgian police cleared to leave Somaliland

17th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

17 August 2006, BRUSSELS — Three Belgian police arrested in Somaliland after accompanying a deported man have been cleared to return home.

17 August 2006

BRUSSELS — Three Belgian police arrested in Somaliland after accompanying a deported man have been cleared to return home.

Belgian police said the three officers were given their passports and plane tickets back on Wednesday afternoon, Reuters reported.

The officers were to fly to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia on Thursday and then board a plane back to Zaventem Airport in Brussels.

A Somaliland minister said the Belgian officers were being held at the Ambassador Hotel in the capital Hargeis in a "humanitarian gesture".

But Belgian police had said they were being held due to an administrative problem.

Somaliland broke away from the rest of Somalia in 1991 after dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was ousted. It is not recognised internationally.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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