Somalia: Military Court Rejects Appeal for Minister's Killer, Upholds Death Sentence

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Monday July 31, 2017 - 09:41:39 in Latest News by SomaliUpdate Staff Reporter
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    Somalia: Military Court Rejects Appeal for Minister's Killer, Upholds Death Sentence

    MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Somali High Military Tribunal on Sunday rejected an appeal case filed by a soldier who killed the country's youngest minister Abdirashid Abdullahi Siraji who was shot dead on May 3, outside the Presidenti

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Somalia's Minister of Public Works Abbas Siraji has been shot dead in Mogadishu on the evening of 3 May, 2017.
MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Somali High Military Tribunal on Sunday rejected an appeal case filed by a soldier who killed the country's youngest minister Abdirashid Abdullahi Siraji who was shot dead on May 3, outside the Presidential compound.
The soldier Ahmed Abdullahi Abdi Aidid and another soldier, both the guards of now sacked former Auditor General Nur Farah Jimale was arrested by Presidential security guards at the night of the shooting of the minister.
Both soldiers were brought to the First Degree of the Military Court in early June.
On June 19th, The court sentenced Ahmed Abdullahi Abdi (alias Aidid) to death for deliberately shooting and killing the ministerand released the second defendant for lack of evidence. 
The convicted soldier then filed an appeal case.  The case was later referred to Higher Military Court for review.
During a hearing on Sunday, High Military Court judge upheld the death sentence.
"Following the appeal case by the defendant Ahmed Abdullahi Abdi Aidid, the Higher Court of the Armed Forces reviewed the verdict and found the defendant is murderer and therefore the court upheld the death sentence against him." Higher Military Court Judge Colonel Liban Ali Yarow said.
The judge noted that the death penalty against the convicted soldier will be executed soon.
The Late Minister Abbas, 31, was the highest-ranking official killed by friendly fire, who was a former refugee, grew up in Dadaab Camp in Kenya, which is home to hundreds of thousands of Somali who fled drought and civil war.
Last month during a funeral and prayer service, his family noted how the young minister's dream to help his country was cut short.
The late Abbas became the country’s youngest MP last November aged 31, when he defeated a former minister.
Somalia held elections in February this year, and Mohamed Abdullah Farmajo, became the new President in a surprise result.

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