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Disgraced journalist sentenced to 2 years in prison

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.

READ:  Controversial journalist arrested upon return to Somaliland

Coldoon traveled to Mogadishu in February to support Farmaajo’s Presidential bid.

READ:  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.

READ:  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.

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