On Tuesday, Puntland military court’s First Instance Court convicted 50-year old Yemeni national Salihi Afifi Al Amoudi of conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism on Puntland soil. Court prosecutor Abdikarim Hassan Firdhiye said Mr. Al Amoudi was charged under Puntland Anti-Terrorism Law and Article 221 of Somali Penal Code.
The prosecutor said Mr. Al Amoudi was arrested by Puntland security forces in the coastal town of Habo in July, 2012. Mr. Al Amoudi was transporting a cache of weapons from Yemen to Puntland, including pistols, rocket propelled grenades, hand grenades, fuses, and wires used to make explosives.
The Puntland military court chairman, Mr. Ahmed Abdi Botan, declared a sentence of death on Mr. Al Amoudi under the terrorism charges forwarded by the government prosecutor. Mr. Amoudi can take the case to the court of appeals, court officials said.
Mr. Al Amoudi is the first non-Somali to be convicted on terrorism charges in Puntland.
On Oct. 20, Puntland government issued a press release stating that a huge consignment of weapons consisting of 37 sacks was captured by security forces in the coastal town of Qandala.
Since Aug. 2011, Puntland officials have said that Al Shabaab terror group is planning to establish bases in Golis mountain range hideouts stretching between Puntland and Somaliland.