SOMALIA: PUNTLAND COURT SENTENCES AL SHABAAB CHIEF GODANE AND 11 OTHERS TO DEATH
February 27, 2013: Twelve people charged with the murder of Sheikh Ahmed Haji Abdirahman including Al Shabaab leader Ahmed Godane, were sentenced to death after a court found them guilty in Bossaso, Garowe Online reports.
Puntland's North Eastern regional Military Courts Judge, Abdifatah Haji Adan, sentenced the 12 people including Al Shabaab Chief Ahmed Abdi Godane to death by firing squad.
Only 6 of the 12 were captured while the other 6 people are being actively pursued. The 6 people including 1 female had their hearing at a military court where they were found guilty and sentenced to death by firing squad. According to Puntland law, all terrorism cases are held at military courts.
Some of the convicted Al Shabaab members.
Sheikh Abdirahman a prominent Somali Islamic scholar, professor and doctor was shot and killed as he was leaving a mosque near his home in Bossaso on December 5, 2011.
The convicted persons will have a month to appeal the verdict before an execution date is scheduled. (Sources: allafrica.com, 27/02/2013)