SOMALIA: Military court sentences soldier to death for shooting Late Minister Abbas
MOGADISHU (RBC Radio) Somalia’s Armed Forces Court on Monday sentenced a soldier to death for shooting and killing Late Minister of Public Works Abbas Abdullahi Siraji who was shot dead in Mogadishu on May 3 as he was driving his car to the entrance of the Presidential Compound.
The ruling came following three weeks of hearing the case against two defendant soldiers who were guards of the former Auditor General.
The soldier; Ahmed Abdullahi Abdi (alias Aidid), 29, was convicted to death after the court ruled that he was the one who fired two bullets from his AK47 rifle on the evening of May 3, 2017, resulting to the sudden death of the minister Siraji.
“After hearing to all witnesses made and analyzing the testimonials made by the defendant in which he admitted that he fired two shots, the Armed Forces Court rules that he is the murdered who committed the said act of shooting and killing Abbas Abdullahi Siraji, and therefore the Court sentences Ahmed Abdullahi Abdi (alias Aidid) to death penalty which in accordance with the Quran and the country’s laws.” Said Armed Forces Court judge Nur Ali Shute.
The Court ruled a second defendant soldier Osman Salad Barre to be released from the jail since the prosecuting judge failed to proof the alleged crime of co-committing the murder of the minister.
Both soldiers were the guards of the now sacked Auditor General Nur Farah Jimale.
The case of the murder of the minister Siraji the youngest in Somalia’s cabinet, brought much local and international attention as it might have been the shunning reason of the hope of many Somalis returning from diaspora to partake the country’s rebuilding in this post-conflict period.
The family of the deceased minister have also advocating for justice following the unnecessary shooting.