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SOMALILAND GIVES 17 THE DEATH PENALTY, 5 JAIL TERMS

May 16, 2012: In Somaliland, a military tribunal in Hargeisa has convicted and sentenced 17 civilians to death by firing squad over the killing of three policemen.
The ruling follows deadly clashes in eastern Hargeisa on May 15 that left more than seven dead including a pregnant mother and scores of others hurt.
The clashes erupted when government forces including the newly-formed and British-sponsored tactical force known as Resistant Reaction Unit (RRU) were deployed in a disputed plot of land on early hours. Residents in the area confronted the force with weapons and the two exchanged fire escalating to an all out war.
Locals fear if the military carries out the execution it could bring back the dark days of dictator Mohamed Siad Bare’s rule. They pointed out that if the martial court goes ahead it could lead to reprisals that could eventually destabilize the whole volatile region. Others fear the resurgence of inter-clan rivalries and conflicts.
The police, tactical forces and the military took part in the operation which saw them take at least 28 people mainly teenagers into custody.
Five other men were sentenced to life in prison in the first verdicts related to the land dispute uprising. The men were tried behind closed doors on charges of premeditated murder of government forces and employees. Only three have been released while three others who sustained injuries got their trials delayed. All convicted people are said to be aged between 19 and 20 years.
Tensions are soaring in the city and atmosphere is intense following the announcement of the sentences. Transport has all together halted in eastern parts of the capital with reports the government has requested an additional 300 troops from Dararweyne base near Berbera.
Eyewitnesses said roads in the hotspot area were blocked with burning tyres and rocks. (Sources: Somalilandpress, 16/05/2012)

IRAN. HANDS OFF CAIN, REDUCTION OF DRUG EXECUTIONS BUT NUMBERS REMAIN WORRISOME
HUMAN RIGHTS: DEMONSTRATION OF THE RADICAL PARTY BEFORE IRANIAN EMBASSY 14 FEBRUARY
GAZA: DEATH SENTENCE IMPOSED FOR MURDER
EGYPT: NINE MEN EXECUTED OVER PROSECUTOR'S DEATH
HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS CALL FOR EGYPT TO END DEATH PENALTY
UZBEKISTAN URGED NOT TO HAND ETHNIC KAZAKH OVER TO CHINA
BAHRAIN: MOSQUE IMAM MURDERER DEATH SENTENCE UPHELD
IRAN: THREE INMATES EXECUTED IN RAJA’I SHAHR AND ARDEBIL PRISONS
NIGERIA: COURT SENTENCES LAGOS NURTW CHAIRMAN TO DEATH BY HANGING
NIGERIA: TWO SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR ARMED ROBBERY
YEMEN: TWO MEN SHOT IN PUBLIC FOR KIDNAPING, RAPING AND MURDERING 12-YEAR-OLD BOY
WASHINGTON (USA): SENATE PASSES DEATH PENALTY REPEAL BILL
MYANMAR: TWO SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING SUU KYI AIDE
INDIA: COURT AWARDS DEATH PENALTY TO MAN FOR GIRLFRIEND MURDER
BANGLADESH: FOUR SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDERING NURSERY SCHOOL STUDENT EMON IN SYLHET
KENYA: COURT SENTENCES POLICE OFFICER TO DEATH FOR KILLING DETAINEE
IRAN: SECRET EXECUTIONS AT RAJAI SHAHR PRISON
TURKEY DEPORTS 28-YEAR-OLD EGYPTIAN WHO FACES DEATH PENALTY AT HOME
EGYPT: 3 MEN EXECUTED FOR KILLING POLICE OFFICER
PAKISTAN: ATC AWARDS DEATH SENTENCE TO TWO CRIMINALS FOR MURDER
KENYA: WOMAN, 5 RELATIVES TO HANG FOR KILLING HER HUSBAND
NIGERIA: COURT SENTENCES MAN TO DEATH FOR KILLING TWO SISTERS IN JIGAWA
SRI LANKA: DRUG PEDDLER SENTENCED TO DEATH
CHINA COURT PUTS CONVICTED MAN TO DEATH
SAUDI ARABIA: MOTHER SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING GIRL
IRAQ: 6 BROTHERS SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR JOINING ISLAMIC STATE
JORDAN: TWO SENTENCED TO HANG FOR IS-CLAIMED KARAK ATTACK
THE MAJORITY OF BELARUSIANS CONTINUE TO SUPPORT DEATH PENALTY (60%)
BOTSWANA: FOUR CONVICTED MURDERERS TO HANG
NIGERIA: COURT SENTENCES THREE TO DEATH IN OSUN OVER DEATH OF UNDERGRADUATE

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