Somalia: Islamist bankers’ secret detention of human rights activist threatens the rule of law
Somalia’s Islamist bankers sentenced and secretly detained a human rights activist in Mogadishu on charges of posting a critical opinion on Facebook last Friday.
“A tribal Kangaroo Court sentenced Mohamed Hassan Diini to prison terms and he is being held in a secret detention centre in Mogadishu, said Yusuf Ali Adan, Dini’s longtime friend.
Ali said Dini’s appeal was denied and his family is struggling to pay the rent, the water and the electricity.
According to Mr. Ali, Salam Bank and Hormuud Telecom forced him to delete his Facebook posts and ordered him to submit a post in favor of Puntland’s recent fight against Somalia’s ISIS.
“Salaam Bank’s Omar Ali Jimaale ordered the detention of Dini in revenge of his critical opinion post,” Ali Added. Faysal Yusuf Dini, an assistance of Jimaale participated in the case.
According to reliable sources, they could not take him with force, so that they came to Dini’s fatherand whispered in his ear, “we will soon release your son and give him a job.”
The detaining of human rights activists in secret centres will likely be a threat to Somalia’s rule of law.