International Development Law Organization

Prosecuting Terrorism Offenses

25 May 2016

Terrorism trials in Somalia have overwhelmingly been conducted in military courts under military laws that do not afford rights to the accused as enshrined in international human rights law or the Somali Provisional Constitution. Recognizing the weakness of the current system and the security threat posed by Somalia’s overloaded prison capacity, the Government of Somalia has decided to move the bulk of the current serious crimes caseload and all future caseloads to the civilian criminal court system. IDLO is working to build the capacity of the civilian justice sector to prosecute terrorism offenses in line with the Constitution and international fair trial standards.