Somalia’s Hargeisa administration arrested 40 people for homosexuality

File Photo Somali Times/Hargeisa SNM militia leader warlord Muse Bihi Abdi

Today’s meeting of the Hargeisa Senate discussed the number of people arrested for homosexuality which they announced has reached 40 people some of them are even married to the same sex, according to sources told Somali Times.

The chairman of internal affairs, security and defense committee of the Hargeisa Senate, Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Mohamed, said that the number of people who are homosexual has increased in recent months.

He said that 40 people who are accused of these actions have been brought to 12 courts, 16 of them are under investigation, while 8 of them are magistrates and 4 people have been sentenced to 8 years in prison.

The chairman suggested that the House pass the anti-immoral law which is a part of the Law (Community), which has passed the final stage.

”We are working with the Ministry of Religion on that law so that they are even a part of the scholars, and we will issue it. The council will bring it up in the next session,” said Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Mohamed.

40 people who are arrested for homosexuality comes from all kinds of different positions such as politicians, civil servants and most of them are Somali diaspora who come from the US, UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, sources told Somali Times.

The Hargeisa administration has been reported several times to have arrested people on charges related to homosexuality, which have been increasing significantly in recent months.