Canadian women released from jail in Somaliland- Pair were sentenced to 2½ months in jail and 40 lashes

Idil Mussa · CBC News · Posted: Apr 23, 2019 6:48 PM ET | Last Updated: 7 hours ago

Maymona Abdi was released from jail in Hargeisa on April 23. She was accused of consuming alcohol but the prosecution withdrew the charges. (Supplied)

Two Canadian women jailed in Somalia and facing 40 lashes were released Tuesday, according to sources.

Maymona Abdi, 28, and Karima Watts, 24, were arrested in January after police entered a house in Hargeisa, their lawyer Mubarik Mohamoud Abdi said.

The women, who are originally from Ottawa, were accused of having consumed alcohol, which is illegal in Somaliland, a self-declared republic still internationally considered to be part of Somalia.


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