Posted on 3 September, 2010 by Mathias Vermeulen
On August 14, 2010, in Somalia’s Puntland State, a court convicted
a journalist affiliated with a Bosaso-based radio station of violation of Puntland’s anti-terrorism laws, for conducting an interview with a local rebel leader with links to Al-Qaeda. Bosaso is a port town in Puntland. The court imposed a six-year prison term and a fine of US$500. The trial was said to have been closed to the public, and to have lasted only a few minutes (id.).
The Puntland Anti-Terrorism Law, which reportedly confers increased power on the state’s security apparatus and courts to arrest and sentence individuals suspected of terrorism, was enacted by the 66-member Puntland Parliament only 25 days before the sentencing of the journalist, on July 20, 2010. The journalist most likely was charged under the provisions of this newly enacted law.
Filed under: Freedom of speech - incitement