Somalia: Puntland court sentences six men to death for al-Shabaab links

Published: November 17, 2014
The convicted men while attending their trial/ Horseed Media
The convicted men while attending their trial/ Horseed Media

Puntland military court on Monday sentenced six men to death after being found of guilty linked to Somalia’s militant group al-Shabaab.

The six men, who sat in the dock dressed in yellow clothing, were found of having links with the extremist group who is affiliated to also al-Qaeda. Their trial took place in the port town of Bosaso and lasted only for few hours.

Court judge said that the men were preparing to participate in a terrorist operation in the stable region of Puntland.

In recent years, Puntland authorities have launched a massive crackdown on the network and its military has sentenced members and other individuals linked to the terror group tough punishments such as death penalty.

Last year, it executed 13 suspected al-Shabab members including a woman, after the military court found them guilty of orchestrating an assassination of a famous scholar Dr Ahmed Haji Abdirahman. But al-Shabab denied that none of them was part of the group.

Puntland forces captured last month the main base of al-Shabaab militants in the Galgala mountain ranges after years of fierce battle.

Meanwhile the court postponed the trial of two former soldiers who have been accused for being involved in a murder case.

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