11 March 2014

Somalia: Gov't Soldier Who Previously Assassinated a Journalist Is Executed in Mogadishu

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The Military court of Somalia today executed three soldiers in Mogadishu who were charged and convicted of killing soldiers and a journalist in Mogadishu last year.

The Somali army firing squad executed the three soldiers who were blindfolded and handcuffed. One of the three has previously assassinated a Somali journalist late Mustaf Hussein Qanyare on the outskirts of Mogadishu in September last year, according to military court chief Liban Ali Yarow.

Hundreds of people came to witness the early morning execution which took place at Somali Police Academy grounds in Mogadishu's Hamarjajab neighborhood.

The military court chief Mr Yarow said all the three got fair trial and that their relatives and lawyers were present at their trial.

Two of the executed soldiers were serving at Somali national army whereas the other one was security officer at tax collection police in Wadajir district.

The details of that one of the executed soldiers killed a journalist was totally a new one as assassinations of more than 30 journalists in Somalia in the past years were all blamed on armed groups only.

Death penalty is common in Somalia which is used against those found guilty of killings.

Al-Shabaab militant group also uses death penalty as widely in its area of operation.

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