SOMALIA / NEW PRISON COURT COMPLEX

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Somalia’s Prime Minister inaugurated a new Mogadishu Prison and Court Complex (MPCC) at a ceremony that was attended by top federal government officials and international development partners. UNSOM

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STORY: SOMALIA / NEW PRISON COURT COMPLEX
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SOURCE: UNSOM
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LANGUAGE: SOMALI /ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 23 FEBRUARY 2019, MOGADISHU, SOMALIA

SHOTLIST:

1. Wide shot, a police band playing
2. Close up, banner
3. Close up, custodial corps flag
4. Close up, Somalia National flag
5. Close up, custodial corps parade commander
6. Med shot, PM Khaire and Commissioner of Prisons, Gen. Bashir Jama
7. Wide shot, police band performing at the inauguration
8. Med shot, ambassador of Denmark Knudsen and UNODC’s de Andres
9. Close up shot, UNSOM’s Marco Camignani
10. Wide shot, custodial corps officers marching
11. Med shot, custodial corps officers marching
12. Establishment shot, custodial corps officers marching
13. Wide shot, Mogadishu Prison and Court Complex
14. Wide shot, Prison and Court Complex building
15. Med shot, Prison and Court Complex building
16. Med shot, PM Khaire and Ambassador Knudsen cutting the tape
17. SOUNDBITE (Somali) Hassan Ali Khaire, Prime Minister of Somalia
“I hope this facility will benefit those who have been misled to do wrong and will also make the work of the judiciary and the custodial corps easier. We thank our development partners and hope we will work together in other projects, similar to this one, which are tangible and will benefit the people of Somalia.”
18. Med shot, Khaire and other officials touring the facility
19. Med shot, Khaire inside one of the dormitories
20. Med shot, a dormitory
21. Med shot, Khaire and Gen. Jama
22. Wide shot, dormitories
23. Med shot, washing area
24. SOUNDBITE (English) Amado De Andres, Regional Representative, United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime:
“Without peace, stability, effective, accountable, transparent institutions and effective governance based on the rule of law, we cannot hope for true sustainable development for all.”
25. Wide shot, de Andres Knudsen and Khaire
26, SOUNDBITE (English) Amado De Andres, Regional Representative, United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime:
“Along with the impressive buildings we have seen today, comes the technical assistance and advisory services and training support that the Chief Justice and the Attorney General require to ensure that the trials are fair and efficient and that the Commissioner of Prisons requires to ensure his prisoners are kept in secure and humane conditions.”
27. SOUNDBITE (English) Mette Knudsen, Ambassador of Denmark to Somalia:
“We believe that the MPCC [Mogadishu Prison and Court Complex] has transformational potential for Somalia when it comes to the rule of law, countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism. Moreover, it will set new standards for human rights compliance in Somali prisons. In that sense, I am very confident that this facility will constitute another piece of the puzzle towards peace and stability in Somalia.”
28. Wide shot, Mogadishu Prison and Court Complex

STORYLINE:

Somalia’s Prime Minister inaugurated Saturday (23 Feb) a new Mogadishu Prison and Court Complex (MPCC) at a ceremony that was attended by top federal government officials and international development partners.

The complex will provide the judiciary with the necessary infrastructure to conduct trials in a safe and secure environment for judicial and prison staff as well as criminal suspects.

“I hope this facility will serve those who have been misled and will ease the work of judicial officers and people working in the corrections sector,” said Somalia’s Prime Minister, Hassan Ali Khaire, during the ceremony which was held in the Somali capital.

The event was also attended by Somalia’s Commissioner of Prisons, Gen. Bashir Mohamed Jama, the Danish Ambassador to Somalia, Mette Knudsen; the Director of the Rule of Law and Security Institutions Group of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia, Marco Carmignani, the Regional Representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Amado De Andres, and the Head of the Somalia Programme of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), Sayed Farooqui.

The complex, which has been under construction since December 2015, is part of a major project that is being implemented in three phases by UNODC with the support of UNOPS. It is funded by the governments of Denmark, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Phase one of the project has been completed and comprises a courtroom, a 250-bed high-security prison block, and accommodation for judges, prosecutors and lawyers during the trial process.

Work is already underway on the second phase, which will involve the construction of more prison blocks and a second courtroom.

De Andres noted that the project is part of an initiative by the Federal Government of Somalia to tackle terrorism and organized crime and advance the country’s ongoing efforts to consolidate peace, stability and good governance.

“Without peace, stability, effective, accountable and transparent institutions and effective governance based on the rule of law, we cannot hope for true sustainable development for all,” he said.

In addition to building a facility that is compliant with the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, UNODC will also provide technical assistance and training to judicial staff to ensure that trials are fair and efficient.

Ambassador Knudsen noted that the MPCC also offers Somalia a promising opportunity to deepen the rule of law and curb crime.

“We believe that the MPCC has transformational potential for Somalia when it comes to the rule of law, countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism,” she stated.

The ambassador said the facility will set new standards for human rights compliance in Somali prisons and expressed optimism that the MPCC will facilitate the transfer of high-risk suspects from military courts to the new complex.

The inauguration ceremony coincided with the 49th anniversary of the founding of Somalia’s Custodial Corps.
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