SOMALIA: DEATH SENTENCES UPHELD FOR THREE CHILD RAPISTS IN PUNTLAND
September 5, 2019:
An appeal court in north-east Somalia on 22 August 2019 upheld the death sentence for three men - Abdishakur Mohamed, Abdifitah Abdirahman and Abdisalan Abdirahman - convicted of raping and killing a 12-year-old girl. (Sources: theeastafrican.co.ke, Garowe, 22/08/2019)
Aisha Ilyaas Aden was abducted, gang raped and killed near her home in Galkayo, in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, in February.
The case caused uproar and sparked demonstrations across the country.
Ten suspects were initially arrested but the regional High Court found three of them guilty in May.
Prosecutors said they relied on DNA evidence for the first time to convict them.
The Puntland Supreme Court’s verdict is final.