Jubbaland regional state administration displayed eleven traditional elders accused of dealing and collaborating with the al-Shabaab group in Kismayo on Sunday.
The regional state’s military court prosecution has requested the court grant 60-day legal imprisonment for these elders, allowing for a thorough investigation into the accusations against them.
The court has agreed to detain the elders for two additional months, granting the prosecution ample time to complete its investigation before the trial.
The accused elders are as follows:
- Abdikhadir Mohamed Moalin Ibrahim
- Ismail Khalifa Ibrahim
- Shire Osman Mohamed
- Abdi Barre Mohamed
- Omar Mohamud Elmi
- Abdi Mohamed Hirsi
- Yusuf Abdullahi Jama
- Ahmed Mohamud Hassan
- Salat Abdi Mohamud
- Abdullahi Bile Said
- Ahmed Abdi Keyd
The Jubbaland administration had previously cautioned traditional elders against travelling in areas under al-Shabaab control, emphasizing that those who comply with al-Shabaab’s orders or engage in agreements with the militants will be treated similarly.
Few months ago, the federal government has sentenced elders from Adado town to 15 years in prison for visiting al-Shabaab-controlled areas and has reached an agreement with the militants.