Ex-UN researcher Matt Bryden sentenced to five years in absentia by Somali court for ‘leaking state secrets’

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MOGADISHU (HOL) - A former UN monitoring coordinator Matthew Bryden was sentenced to five years in absentia by a court in Mogadishu on Tuesday for what the court called 'leaking state secrets.'

Banaadir Regional Court ruled that Bryden, 56, the founder and director of the policy thinktank Sahan Research was guilty of the alleged offence and handed him a five-year jail term. The court also banned Sahan Research from operating in Somalia.

Bryden, alongside Colin Robinson, a military and defence analyst, Khayre Abdirahman Raage, Emmanuel Deiser and David Hopkins were all charged with 'leaking national security information and military secrets' in April.

The court did not, however, rule on the cases involving the other co-accused. The nature of the charges, however, remained unclear.

Bryden, who was once appointed Special Advisor to the Canadian Ambassador on Somali Affairs, had been declared persona non grata by the Federal Government in 2018, and his organization, Sahan Research, was banned from Somalia.

VOA Somali reported that Sahan Research Organisation had expressed 'regrets' following the judgement but said it would be appealing the case.
However, in a quick rejoinder moments after the ruling, the company issued a statement terming it untested and spurious espionage charges.

"Sahan categorically and comprehensively rejects the outcome of this farcical, politically motivated show trial, which serves only to underscore the integrity, quality and authenticity of our works," the statement read in part.

The statement also dismissed the argument that Sahan has been revealing secrets about the Somalia National Army.

According to Sahan, the prosecutor did not offer any discovery of evidence, and the court did not give the organization a chance to refute the charges.

"Moreover, since Somalia does not have an Official Secret Act, what constitutes classified material is undefined in law," the statement further read.

Bryden served as Coordinator for the then UN Monitoring Group for Somalia and Eritrea between March 2008 and July 2012.

However, Somalia's federal government says that its Nairobi-based organization uses it to cause mayhem in Somalia and Eritrea.

Bryden's involvement in Africa began in 1987 when he visited the East African region after being handed leave by the Canadian Forces Reserve.

His first assignment in Africa was in 1988 when the Cooperative or Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE) hired him for a program in January 1988 and in 1989 joined the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Berbera, Somalia.

The following year he was reassigned to Nairobi, Kenya, when the UN evacuated non-essential staff.

 

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MOGADISHU (HOL) - A former UN monitoring coordinator Matthew Bryden was sentenced to five years in absentia by a court in Mogadishu on Tuesday for what the court called 'leaking state secrets.'

Banaadir Regional Court ruled that Bryden, 56, the founder and director of the policy thinktank Sahan Research was guilty of the alleged offence and handed him a five-year jail term. The court also banned Sahan Research from operating in Somalia.

Bryden, alongside Colin Robinson, a military and defence analyst, Khayre Abdirahman Raage, Emmanuel Deiser and David Hopkins were all charged with 'leaking national security information and military secrets' in April.

The court did not, however, rule on the cases involving the other co-accused. The nature of the charges, however, remained unclear.

Bryden, who was once appointed Special Advisor to the Canadian Ambassador on Somali Affairs, had been declared persona non grata by the Federal Government in 2018, and his organization, Sahan Research, was banned from Somalia.

VOA Somali reported that Sahan Research Organisation had expressed 'regrets' following the judgement but said it would be appealing the case.
However, in a quick rejoinder moments after the ruling, the company issued a statement terming it untested and spurious espionage charges.

"Sahan categorically and comprehensively rejects the outcome of this farcical, politically motivated show trial, which serves only to underscore the integrity, quality and authenticity of our works," the statement read in part.

The statement also dismissed the argument that Sahan has been revealing secrets about the Somalia National Army.

According to Sahan, the prosecutor did not offer any discovery of evidence, and the court did not give the organization a chance to refute the charges.

"Moreover, since Somalia does not have an Official Secret Act, what constitutes classified material is undefined in law," the statement further read.

Bryden served as Coordinator for the then UN Monitoring Group for Somalia and Eritrea between March 2008 and July 2012.

However, Somalia's federal government says that its Nairobi-based organization uses it to cause mayhem in Somalia and Eritrea.

Bryden's involvement in Africa began in 1987 when he visited the East African region after being handed leave by the Canadian Forces Reserve.

His first assignment in Africa was in 1988 when the Cooperative or Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE) hired him for a program in January 1988 and in 1989 joined the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Berbera, Somalia.

The following year he was reassigned to Nairobi, Kenya, when the UN evacuated non-essential staff.

I thinking everybody in the world knows this nigga is not gonna go to prison :pachah1:
 

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I believe that everyone should get due process and in Somalia, no matter which region, there is never a fair trial. Therefore, I cannot condone Matt Bryden's sentencing.

However, he isn't innocent and I hope a stable Somalia investigates him thoroughly.
 
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Hey, at least it sets a benchmark. Even though he won't serve a second in prison, it shows that law and order is still somewhat avaliable.
 

kickz

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Hey, at least it sets a benchmark. Even though he won't serve a second in prison, it shows that law and order is still somewhat avaliable.

Yep, and his rep in the Horn region is tarnished as well in any future NGO endeavors.
 

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Mr Matt must do the right thing and turn himself in to the authorities, maybe the courts will have mercy on him and shorten his sentence once he admits his wrong and shows that his willing to change for the better :)
 

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You can't make this up, Kulahaa he is wanted for exposing state secrets which is basically an emails that Matt apparently has hacked, they said the email address that has compromised belong to an the FGS minister close to Farmaajo has sent to to his Turney owners asking them for Alshabaab Alhmiyaht expenses for the month.
 
You can't make this up, Kulahaa he is wanted for exposing state secrets which is basically an emails that Matt apparently has hacked, they said the email address that has compromised belong to an the FGS minister close to Farmaajo has sent to to his Turney owners asking them for Alshabaab Alhmiyaht expenses for the month.

So MIT and NISA are both looking for him?

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I'd turn myself in. Looking over your shoulder for the rest of your life is a *****. 5 years is no big deal.

he is not going to turn himself in, however he makes a lot of money of the misery of Somalia and hopefully the money he gets from donor countries dries up.
 
@Somalia252 the fake FGS doesn't control the majority of territory it claims. Let's not deny facts here

SFG just beat the crap out of suufis in guriceel. what makes you think matt bryden can go to galmudug/gedo/hiirshabeele/banaadir/koonfur galbeed.

the only place he can go to his MJ controlled puntland and kenya controlled kismaayo. Bryden cant even go to galdogob or laas qorey.
 

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I see alot of uncle toms on the thread, they are confused and can't believe their eyes, their white master has an arrest warrant on him "oh golly how is that possible" they say, Farmaajo has brought back the honour and prestige of Somali nation, even as he is a soft ruler he is very firm with foreigners interfering with national interest.
 
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