Tuesday, April 02, 2013
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.