A British man accused of endangering the public has been found guilty and fined $7,000 by a Somali court for failing to disclose teargas canisters he was carrying in a suitcase.
Anthony Thomas Cox, 48, was arrested in January by Somali security forces at Mogadishu’s international airport as he was about to catch a flight to Ethiopia. Somali authorities said at the time that they found several teargas canisters inside his suitcase.
On Tuesday (6 August), a Mogadishu regional judge said the Briton was guilty as charged and ordered him to pay the fine, according to Radio Mogadishu.
Mr. Cox works for Bancroft, an American security company that provides military training for African Union troops in Somalia.
A week after his detention in January, the Briton suffered minor injuries after suspected militant detainees attacked him with razor blades at the Mogadishu Central Prison.
Elsewhere, Somali government forces said on Tuesday they captured the town of Awdheegle in the country’s Lower Shabelle region from al-Shabab.
Awdheegle, 70 km south-west of the capital Mogadishu, has changed hands several times over the years.