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Turkish court fines Somali leader’s son over fatal car crash

A Turkish court sentenced THE son of Somalia’s president to 2-1/2 years in prison for causing death by negligence, which was converted into a fine of 27,300 Turkish lira ($900), state media reported.

Mohamed Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud was driving a car carrying a diplomatic licence plate on November 30 when he hit a motorcycle courier in central Istanbul, seriously injuring him.

He had left the country on December 2, following a police interrogation. An arrest warrant was issued for him after the courier died in hospital on December 6.

Mahmoud was tried in absentia in Istanbul on Tuesday, having been back to Turkey to appear before the court last week. He had denied negligence, saying the motorbike had stopped suddenly and he could not avoid the collision.

The prosecutor had sought up to six years in prison for Mahmoud. Converting prison sentences to fines happens periodically in the Turkish judicial system. His driving licence in Turkey was revoked for six months.

Mohamed Hassan Sheikh Mahmoud, son of Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and motorcycle courier Yunus Emre Göçer.
By The African Mirror