Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Somali military court sentences 4 to death

A military court in Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland sentenced four men to death for their links to al-Shabab. Two other men are sentenced to life imprisonment. In 2013, Puntland military courts executed 13 individuals for links to al-Shabab and for orchestrating the assassination of a famous scholar.

In March 2014, Human Rights Watch released a report documenting violations of basic fair trial rights of defendants tried before Somali military courts.

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