Court Verdict To Ban Think Tank Ochestrated By Villa Somalia, Sahan Research Says
Sahan Research has rejected Tuesday verdict of Mogadishu court sentencing leading Horn of Africa analyst and researcher Matt Bryden to a five-year jail term. Sahan said that it did not violate any law and blamed Villa Somalia of ''chafed of Sahan critical reporting,'' ''Sahan categorically and comprehensively rejects yesterday's verdict of the Banaadir regional court; we don't need to break any laws in the course of our research and we have never done so,'' the statement read in part. Sahan also expressed concern over the integrity of the judicial and termed the sentence ''heavily influenced'' by the Villa Somalia. ''From the ouster, this trial has been heavily influenced by Villa Somalia and was predicated on politically motivated charges,'' the statement added. On Tuesday a court in the capital slapped Matthew Bryden, with five-year prison in absentia among six foreigners all working with Sahan research whom the Somali government has accused in April 2021 of leaking the national security information and military secrets. Bryden formerly worked with the UN Monitoring Group for Somalia and Eritrea before founding Sahan which largely operates in Nairobi.