SOMALIA: Court Sentences Five Men Convicted Of Gang-rape To Lashes, Prison And Fines

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    SOMALIA: Court Sentences Five Men Convicted Of Gang-rape To Lashes, Prison And Fines

    MOGADISHU- Five suspects involved in the brutal gang-rape of a 16-year-old girl in Galdogob, Puntland that sparked outrage have been sentenced to a combination of lashes, prison terms and a fine by a sharia court in Galdogob.

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Five Men Convicted Of Gang-rape To Lashes, Prison And Fines.
MOGADISHU- Five suspects involved in the brutal gang-rape of a 16-year-old girl in Galdogob, Puntland that sparked outrage have been sentenced to a combination of lashes, prison terms and a fine by a sharia court in Galdogob.
Six teenage boys allegedly forced two girls into a car and drove them to the outskirts of Galdogob before the girls were subjected to violent rape.
A group of men were arrested earlier this month after they forced two girls into a car and drove them to the outskirts of Galdogob before they were violently raped and assaulted. A viral video of the attack which occurred in December of last year surfaced. One of the assaulted girls was hospitalized for a month following the attack. A sentencing document obtained by HOL lists the sentences as follows; Shirwa Jama Junle was sentenced to 200 lashes, a ten-year prison sentence as well as a $4620 USD fine, Yasir Maher Hashi was sentenced to 200 lashes, an eight-year prison sentence and a fine of $3520USD, Ayanle Wale was sentenced to 100 lashes, a seven-year prison sentence and a fine $2560USD, Yahya Awka was sentenced to 100 lashes, a six-year prison term, and a fine of $1760USD and Abdirizak Hosh Jibril was sentenced to 100 lashes, a five-year prison term and a fine of $1760USD.
The total sum of $14,220 is to be paid to the two victims. One victim will receive $6080 while the one who sustained more serious injuries will receive $8140. A man who was initially arrested with the group was not found guilty by the court. According to testimony heard at the trial, he did not participate in the gang-rape and assault but he recorded it. The court ruled that the video was instrumental in securing the convictions of the other five men. He has been since released.
The Puntland Police commissioner, General Erag, has told Hiiraan Online that the men will be transferred to a Garowe prison to serve out their sentence. Puntland recently enacted a law criminalizing sexual assault under the Sexual Offences Act in December 2016, first of its kind in Somalia. Under that law, a convicted rapist could receive up to a 30-year prison sentence. However cooperation with local elders has hindered the application of the law.


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