Somalia: Somaliland executes six convicted for murder

Published: April 14, 2015

Somalia: Somaliland executes six convicted for murderSomalia’s breakaway region of Somaliland has executed six prisoners, including two ex-soldiers condemned for murder, officials say.
The six were killed by a firing squad on Monday in a jail after being sentenced by the Military tribunal, the court officials confirmed to the media.
‘’ One of the ex-soldiers killed a civilian in Hargeisa four years ago, while the other also killed a prominent businessman last month…. Both were found guilty,’’ the Chief of the military tribunal, Col Yusuf Farah said in a Press briefing.
He added that the other four people murdered four civilians years ago and had been found guilty by the court.
The latest executions comes while the number of executions carried out in Somalia by the authorities declined in 2014 compared to the previous years, it was stated in an Amnesty International annual report .
The European Union, the United Nations and human rights campaigners have all urged Somalia authorities to reinstate the moratorium.
In 2012, a military court in Somaliland sentenced to death 17 civilians who were accused of attacking a military base.
Somaliland unilaterally declared independence in 1991 when Somalia’s central government in Mogadishu collapsed. The international community does not recognize Somaliland as a separate country.
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