March, 26

Somalia metes out justice with military court executions

Court increased executions of terrorists amid military operations

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Somalia metes out justice with military court executions
The sudden increase in summary executions in Somalia has drawn the attention of human rights groups like Amnesty International as well as the local European Union delegation.

Somalia metes out justice with military court executions of three al-Qaeda-affiliated terror group senior officers Wednesday by firing squad in the nation’s capital of Mogadishu.

Mohamed Abdi Nur Jirow, Sharif Mohamed Barqadle Ayanle Jeego, and Mohamed Abdulle Abkow Omar Biyamalow were found guilty of carrying out bombings and murders throughout the country and in Mogadishu, according to the court.

Thirteen people from the al-Shabaab and ISIS/Daesh terrorist groups were also executed in the northeastern semiautonomous state of Puntland earlier this month.

The executions ordered by a military court took place around Galkayo, Garowe, and the state’s commercial capital of Bosaso.

The court in the region also executed six soldiers after they were convicted of carrying out killings in Puntland.

The Puntland military court in the northern city of Galkayo executed 18 people in 2021 who were sentenced to death after being found guilty of terrorism, according to the Puntland’s Justice Department.

Somalia’s Armed Forces Court has been carrying out death penalties for years despite pressure from international partners and human rights groups to stop the practice.

Although Somalia experienced years of armed conflict and political instability, in recent years, it has made significant progress to rebuild state and government institutions, according to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

But it said Somalia has not yet reformed its 1964 penal code which currently does not include a definition of torture.

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