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Mogadishu military court sentences police officer to death

Storyline:National News, Security

A military court in Mogadishu has today sentenced to death a police officer who was found guilty of killing a student at Hamar-Jajab district in the capital Mogadishu.

On 26 July 2019, Bashi Mustaf Omar Dakane a Somali police officer has deliberately killed Nuur Mohamed Muhudin at Hamar Jajab district of Banadir region.

The prosecutor’s office brought two witnesses, the investigator, the victim’s photograph, the doctor’s death certificate and the AK47 assault rifle.

Salad Mohamed Ismail, the deputy attorney general of the armed forces argued that the defendant has violated the integrity of the armed forces and the safety of citizens and suggested the court to execute Bashi Mustaf Omar Dakane in a firing squad.

Chairperson of the Military Court, Hassan Ali Shute said that there had been an argument between the two before the accused opened fire on the deceased.

Shute added that the court has stripped Bashi Mustaf Omar Dakane of his rank in the army and sentenced him to death.

The judge noted the defendant can appeal the case.

The military court often carries out sentences and executions to Al-Shabaab militants and government soldiers who commit crimes despite condemnation from human rights groups including the European Union.

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