Mogadishu court sentences 70-year-old to seven years for al-Shabab financing

Mogadishu (HOL) – The Banadir regional court in Mogadishu sentenced a 70-year-old man to seven years in prison and fined him $3,000 on Thursday for money laundering and financing the al-Shabab group.

The 70-year-old man, named Ali Hussein Isaac, was accused of transferring half a million dollars from his private account to al-Shabab militants.

advertisementsThe chairman of the Banadir regional court, Saleh Daban, said that the court divided the sentence into two parts: four years in prison for funding the group and three years for money laundering and Isaac was fined $3,000.

Since last year, the Somali government has intensified efforts to target the financial infrastructure supporting the Islamist militant group al-Shabab. Hundreds of bank accounts and militant-connected mobile phones have been closed down during this period.

By somaliptv