Somalia: Ex al-Shabaab Press officer sentenced to death for murdering Journalists

Published: March 3, 2016

Hassan Hanafi
Hassan Hanafi

Somalia’s Military court sentenced a former al-Shabaab man to death for murdering journalists Thursday, Horseed Media reports.
Hassan Hanafi Haji, a Press officer of the al-Qaeda-linked militant group was accused by the prosecutor for being involved in the assassination of at least five journalists who were killed in Mogadishu in the past nine years by al-Shabaab.
Hassan Ali Shute, the military tribunal chief announced the death sentence ruling after the hearing.
Hassan Hanafi, a former local radio reporter joined al-Shabaab militants in 2006, sources say.
Mr Hanafi publicly admitted the murdering of several journalists in a recent program broadcasted by the state-run Somali National TV.
Journalists across the country welcomed the ruling of the court.
In 2014, Kenyan intelligence agents arrested Hassan Hanafi Nairobi’s Eastleigh estate. In his interview, he said that he planned to travel to unnamed a European country.
Somalia is considered to be one of the most dangerous places for journalists. Most of the assassinations of the Journalists have been claimed by al-Shabaab.
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