Somalia: Puntland court sentences to death four suspected members of al-Shabaab

Published: February 16, 2015

Puntland courtA military court in Somalia’s semi-autonomous region of Puntland has sentenced four suspects having linked to the Somali Islamist group al-Shabab to death penalty on Monday.
The four men, 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.
Two other members were sentenced to serve life imprisonment.
Prosecutor Abdifatah Haji Adan 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.
In 2013, Puntland 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.
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