Somaliland authorities today charged six Russian nationals with violating aviation and immigration regulations, officials announced.
Somaliland Attorney General Hassan Ahmed Aden told VOA Somali Service that the men, two pilots and four crews, are also charged for violating UN arms embargo imposed on Somalia in 1992 by attempting to smuggle military equipments into Somalia.
The six Russians appeared at a court in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland today but hearing is scheduled for this Thursday.
Mr. Aden said although the plane was short of fuel before landing, however it violated international aviation regulations which required permission to enter airspace well ahead of travels.
He also alleged that the crews lied about the type of cargo on the plane. He said the plane carried military uniforms and other military equipments which belong to Saracen International, a private Security company which is training anti-piracy forces in neighboring Puntland.