Somalia: Lack of President's Signature Forces Military Court to Delay Execution of Killer Soldier

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Tuesday August 15, 2017 - 10:11:30 in Latest News by SomaliUpdate Staff Reporter
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    Somalia: Lack of President's Signature Forces Military Court to Delay Execution of Killer Soldier

    MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Delayed President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo's signature has forced Somalia's Military Court officials to postpone the execution of convicted killer of late minister Abbas Abdullahi Siraji, court offi

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The killer soldier Ahmed Abdullahi Abdi "Aidid" during one of court trails in Mogadishu in June.
MOGADISHU (Somali Update Online) — Delayed President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo's signature has forced Somalia's Military Court officials to postpone the execution of convicted killer of late minister Abbas Abdullahi Siraji, court official told Somali Update.
Late Siraji, the country's youngest minister was shot dead on May 3, outside the Presidential compound by soldiers guarding former Auditor General Nur Farah, now sacked from the position.
The killer soldier Ahmed Abdullahi Abdi (alias Aidid) was sentenced to death on June 19th, 2017 by the First Decree Military Court and followed by an appeal to the High Military Court by the defendant.
On July 31, 2017, the High Military Court upheld the death sentence against Aidid giving military court officials green light to carry out the execution.
"We are yet to carry this execution." said the court official who spoke to Somali Update and asked for anonymity as he was not authorized to speak the case which is now regarded as highly sensitive.
He said the signature of the president is part of normal procedures observed when executing convicted killers.
"Despite we have received the court orders to take him [the killer soldier] to the stake for execution, we cannot do that because there is no confirmation from the President's Office." the official said.
CLAN INFLUENCE
The military court official admitted that since when the killer soldier was put on trial for the death of the late minister, there was increasing pressure from relatives and his Habar Gedir clansmen pushing to his release. 
The family of the late minister, which comes from Huber sub-clan of Rahanweyn, publicly opposed the suggestions demanding the release of the soldier in return for compensation to the family of the deceased. 
The case now seems to be a tough test for President Farmajo's administration.
"The pressure continues to affect us. After the trial the Habar Gedir clan started to pushing for payment of compensation [diya money] in return for the killer's release." the court official added.
Somali Update has learnt that politicians and Members of the Parliament from Habar Gedir met President Farmajo two weeks ago in an attempt to spare their man from the execution alleging that "the shooting was not deliberate".  
According to a source at the meeting, the Habar Gedir members urged the president to allow their representatives to negotiate with the Huber clan members to reach mutual settlement into the death of the minister.
This was backed by recent demonstration staged by the members of Habar Gedir in Mogadishu.
But how ever, the military court official says the ball is to the court of Villa Somalia.
"If the president signs today, tomorrow we shall carry the execution." he told Somali Update.

- SOMALI UPDATE ONLINE -


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