SOMALIA: PUNTLAND MILITARY COURT SENTENCES ACTIVISTS TO DEATH AND JAIL TERMS
September 29, 2020:
A Puntland military court has sentenced an Al-Shabaab suspect to death and jailed four others after being convicted of complicity in terrorism, officials said on 27 September 2020. (Sources: Garowe Online, 28/09/2020)
It is the first time that Puntland, the federal state of northern Somalia, has sentenced members of al-Shabaab in as many months, following a wave of terrorism-related incidents that rocked the oil-rich region, especially from March to July.
The court sentenced Mohamed Mohamed Said to death for terrorism-related incidents after pleading guilty, officials said. He’s said to have been coordinated al-Shabaab attacks for months and spearheaded the recruitment of young people into the terrorist group.
Four other convicts were sentenced to different prison terms because of their offenses established by the military court. Three of them were sentenced to 15 years in prison while the fourth was sentenced to 15 years in prison after admitting his mistakes according to the military judge who presided over the trial.