Somalia: Puntland court sentences 3 alleged traitors to life in prison
GAROWE, Somalia Jan 13, 2015 (Garowe Online)-A court in Puntland capital of Garowe has handed out life sentences to three alleged traitors on Tuesday, Garowe Online reports.
The three-Abdiweli Muse Shire, Abdirasaq Ismael Hassan Darwish and Abdisalam Abdulkadir Sheikhdon-allegedly participated in a conference on the formation of federal state in central Somalia.
Puntland’s Deputy Attorney General Mohamed Hared Farah read out the three by name, declaring them ‘traitors’ who are a threat to the existence of the state.
Shortly after the criminal hearings, First degree court of Nugal Chairman Ahmed Salad Mohamed announced that the three alleged traitors were sentenced to life in prison while 11 others who voiced support for the agenda received 10-year jail sentence.
Shire, Darwish and Sheikhdon reportedly travelled to Galgadud region town of Adado in central Somalia, representing north Mudug in a convention.
Puntland protested the inclusion of north Mudug in central state map in July 2013 following a trilateral meeting by Galmudug, Himan and Heeb and the paramilitary group of Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamea in Mogadishu.