SOMALIA: SOMALILAND COURT SENTENCES 8 TO DEATH
July 24, 2016: A military court in breakaway Somaliland has issued verdicts for 16 people accused of responsibility and complicity in the killing of¬†Berbera¬†Port Town Police Commander,¬†Garowe¬†Online reports.¬†
Armed assailants killed the late security commander in gun-attack in March this year.
Of the 16 defendants, 8 people were handed down death sentence, Somaliland Military Court Chairman Col. Yusuf Farah¬†Sharmarke¬†has announced on July 24.¬†
The remaining eight were given a 7-month prison sentence each for attack on the village of El¬†Garde¬†earlier this year.¬†¬†
Lawyer Mohamed¬†Jama¬†Abdi told the reporters¬†later in the day that they will appeal against the verdict since civilians¬†unconstitutionally¬†stood¬†trial before a military court.¬†
The court decision follows a series of targeted killings against high ranking military officers inside Somaliland barracks in recent years.¬†¬†
Somaliland, located in northwestern Somalia declared its independence from the rest of the country as a de facto sovereign state in 1991 but it has not been recognized internationally yet. (Sources: GAROWEONLINE, 25/07/2016)