Somaliland: Hargeisa Court Sentences Cleric to Year in Prison

A court in Hargeisa sentenced on Sunday (March 31st) Sheikh Mohamud Abdullahi Gelle to one year in prison and fined him $150 for crimes against the Somaliland regional government and forming a religious political party, Somalia’s RBC Radio reported.Hargeisa Regional Court Judge Osman Ibrahim Dahir announced the verdict following a closed session. Gelle’s lawyer said he had been given no opportunity to question the ruling.

Gelle was arrested in December 2012 days after forming the Hisbullah party in Hargeisa. He had been taken to court several times since then, but the hearings always adjourned without a verdict.

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