Somaliland: Journalist Gahayr Still in Prison Awaiting Sedition and Insurrection Charges


L -R Somaliland president minister is accusing journalist Saeed Mahmoud Gahayr with sedition and insurrection

Somaliland sun-Although he should have been released after serving two months in prison for “sedition and insurrection”, the journalist, teacher and poet Said Mohamoud Gahayr is still held in prison in Hargeisa.

He was arrested on 20 August after the publication in social media of investigations into corruption cases of the Minister of the Presidency, Mohamoud Hashi Abdi. According to Said Mohamoud Gahayr, Abdi – who is currently under investigation by the British HM Revenue & Customs (ION 1437) – is at the centre of a network of corruption dating back to when he was minister for aviation. After the arrest of the journalist, Abdi declared in the local media: “We are liberating our country from these pirates who blackmail us with their pens.” Western diplomats are already considering this case and the human rights movement Amnesty International is examining it.

Source: Africa Intelligence