Somali military court executes 21-year old man accused of being Al-Shabaab
Mogadishu (Harar24) – A twenty one year old Somali man who was accused of belonging to the militant organization Al-Shabaab was found guilty yesterday by a Somali military court in Mogadishu’s Daynile district.
The man identified as Nur Abdule Awale, who hails from the Galgadud region, was given the death sentence after the court ruled that he was guilty of possessing illegal weapons & ammunitions and being part of the Al-Shabaab movement.
The judge, Liban Ali Yarow, when reading out the sentence mentioned that Nur Abdule Awale was accused of being part of Al-Shabaab, and by his own admission admitted that he belonged to the organization, although his lawyer argued that he was innocent and should be freed. “The accused admitted in front of the military court that he was part of Al-Shabaab, and hereby the court rules that he is to be executed by a firing squad” said judge Liban Yarow.
Nur Abdule Awale was immediately executed after his sentence was read out by the judge in a previously unseen manner, where he was executed nearby the makeshift court.
The Somali military court has come under heavy criticism from many including the Human Rights Watch in a recent report which condemned the courts as falling short of international fair trials standards. The Human Rights Watch organization has further urged that civilian cases should be transferred to regular courts.