HARGEISA – Abdimalik Muse Coldoon has been sentenced to two years in prison by Marodi-Jeh’s regional court for his secret meetings with Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo earlier this year.[irp posts=”1382″ name=”Controversial journalist arrested upon return to Somaliland”]
Coldoon traveled to Mogadishu in February to support Farmaajo’s Presidential bid.[irp posts=”1416″ name=”Somaliland’s largest journalists union says Coldoon deserves punishment”]
During his stay in Mogadishu, Coldoon met with Farmaajo on multiple occasions and later released a video on social media declaring his support for a united Somalia – and pledged to spread his ideology upon returning to Somaliland.[irp posts=”1421″ name=”Why Farmaajo or any politician from Somalia can’t save Abdimalik Coldoon”]
Coldoon was arrested by Somaliland’s National Police force on February 15th, upon his arrival at Egal International Airport.
Coldoon was charged with engaging in anti-national activities, spreading fake news and disturbing public order.
Since the Government of Somalia does not recognize the independence of the Republic of Somaliland – and actively campaigns against Somaliland’s existence – it is a crime for any Somalilander to promote or encourage pro-Somalia beliefs.
Stay tuned for more developments on this breaking story.