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Sulayman Gaal Arrested for “Undermining” Somaliland

UN Integrated Regional Information Network, 25 May 2001

Security personnel from the administration of the self-declared independent state of Somaliland, northwestern Somalia, have arrested Sulayman Mahmud Adan—known as Sulayman Gaal—on criminal and political charges. Somaliland Interior Minister Ahmad Jambir Sultan told Reuters news agency that Sulayman Gaal was undermining Somaliland by holding a meeting in Djibouti with President Ismail Omar Guelleh. The interior minister said Gaal had also met in Djibouti with a representative of the Mogadishu-based Transitional National Government (TNG).

We have seized documents that are incriminating, and a list of people, which include MPs and other personalities... who are believed to be conspirators to the sabotage, Ahmad Jambir told Reuters.

Sulayman Gaal was arrested at Hargeysa airport on arrival from Britain on Tuesday, and was taken to the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) headquarters in Hargeysa, ’Jamhuriya’, a local daily said on Wednesday.

Sulayman Gaal held senior posts in the former government, before joining the northern-based Somali National Movement (SNM). He was among the SNM leaders who declared the unilateral independence of Somaliland in May 1991. Sulayman served as a senior cabinet official in Somaliland, and in the 1997 presidential elections came second to President Muhammad Ibrahim Egal, political sources said. Gaal had been transferred from Hargeysa to Mandhera prison, 70 km north of Hargeysa, the source said.