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Somaliland: Civilian person brought before military court

16th March 2016- Saado Jaamac Aadam was arrested from her home at Berbera, Saahil region, on 12th March 2016 about 10:30 pm local time. The police made the arrest without warrant of arrests or search. Seven people were at the house including four years old child when policemen arrived and searched the house

Saado was immediately transferred to Hargeisa, 190 km from Berbera. She is in custody at Hargeisa Central Police Station.

Article 25(2) of Somaliland constitution states that “no person may be arrested, searched, or detained, except when caught in the act of committing crime (in flagrante delicto), or on the issue of a reasoned arrest warrant by a competent judge.”

On 13th March she was brought before military court in Hargeisa Central Police Station. At the military court her family and lawyer were not present in contrary to article 27(1) of Somaliland constitution.

Article 104 (1) of Somaliland constitution says “the courts of the Armed Forces shall have special jurisdiction in hearing criminal charges brought against the members of the armed forces in peace or war.”

Saado is a civilian person. She is not member of the armed forces.

She is accused of communicating and sending money to men who allegedly killed police commander in Saahil region, according to sources. The family of Saado denies these allegations.

Saado used to be member of women’s organizations in Somaliland, and her last assignment was head of Maternity and Child Health (MCH) centre in Berbera.

“It is a serious concern to bring a civilian person before military court. If there are charges against Saado, the civilian courts have a jurisdiction over her case. She is not a military and as such cannot be tried by the military court. The constitution is very clear in here,” says Guleid Ahmed Jama, chairperson of Human Rights Centre.

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