Court in Hargeisa sentences journalist Oldon to 2 years of imprisonment, his lawyer says it was politically motivated
Saturday April 08, 2017 - 13:35:01 in News
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HARGEISA- A court in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland, has sentenced Abdimaalik Muse Oldon, a journalist, to two years of imprisonment.
The court said it found Abdimalik guilty of committing anti-national activity while abroad and spreading false news disturbing public order.
Abdimalik was arrested 15 February after he visited in Mogadshu and met Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo, the president of Somalia.
The prosecution accused Abdimalik for the meeting and his alleged support of President Farmaajo.
Somaliland declared independence in 1991, but has not gained international recognition.
Mohamed Ahmed Abokor, the lawyer of Abdimalik, said the judgment was politically motivated.
"The judge did not base his decision on evidence and law. It was political unjust decision. We will appeal against the judgment,” he added.
Ahmed Yousuf Hussein, a human rights defender who monitored the trial, condemned the sentence. "It is clear violation of the freedom of expression stipulated in the constitution,” Ahmed said at a press conference held outside of the court.