Somali military court sentences woman for Al-Shabab activities

Hawa Osman Abdi, sentenced to eight years for aiding Al-Shabaab by a military court in Mogadishu on September 24, 2023.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Somali Armed Forces Court

Somalia's military court on Sunday sentenced a young woman to eight years in prison for Al-Shabaab activities.

Hawa Osman Abdi, was accused of aiding the extremist group Al-Shabaab in various ways, including playing a role in intelligence gathering.

"Abdi was found guilty of aiding the terrorists by acting as a keeper of weapons and ammunition, as well as gathering information on officials working for the government and its institutions," said Colonel Hassan Ali Nur Shute, the chief judge of the lower military court.

During the trial, prosecutors insisted that Abdi, said to be in her early 20s, joined the radical group after absorbing extremist ideology through the group's online information and propaganda outlet.

Alongside Abdi, two male defendants, named as Awil Adan Jama and Hassan Ali Hassan, were convicted of belonging to and working for the Al-Qaeda-linked group.

Jama was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment, while Hassan was sentenced to one year under police surveillance.