Somalia: Somaliland ‘loots’ air cargo after plane makes emergency landing

Authorities in Somalia’s unrecognized separatist region of Somaliland have fined a cargo plane, confiscated all materials on board and sentenced the plane’s crew to jail terms, Radio Garowe reports.


A court in Somaliland capital of Hargeisa made the ruling on Thursday. The plane’s six crew members, who are reportedly of Russian origin, were charged with delivering weapons to an enemy.

Abdirahman Jama Hayan, the judge at Hargeisa Regional Court, sentenced the six crew members to one-year jail terms. Court documents state that the crew members can buy off their sentence instead of serving the full one-year term.

Judge Hayan also fined the six crew members $500 U.S. dollars each, while fining the airplane approximately $4,000 U.S. dollars.

The six crew members had a defense attorney named Khadar Mohamed Guled, but it’s not clear that the defense attorney could fairly defend his clients in such a highly-charged political case.


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