Somali military court hands death sentence, jail term to Al-Shabaab militants

A member of the militant group Al-Shabaab was today sentenced to death while another one was jailed for life after a military court found them guilty of involvement in a deadly market bombing in the capital, Mogadishu.

The two were identified as Hassan Ali Maalim Bare (HassanBoy) and Sayid Adan Nur (Istin Boy).

The military court in Mogadishu accused Hassan Ali Maalim Bare (Hassan Boy) and Sayid Adan Nur (Istin Boy) of being the masterminds behind the killing of seven innocent civilians on 26 November 2018  in a market in Kawo Godey neighborhood of Wadajir district of Mogadishu.

A third suspect, Muhidin Mohamed Ahmed Khalif (C Jey), was accused of being a member of the Al-Shabaab after he allegedly gave a false name to the investigating agencies.

The court today sentenced Hassan Ali Maalim Bare (Hassan Boy) to death while Sayid Adan Nur (Istin Boy) was sentenced to life in prison. However, the court ordered the release of Muhidin Mohammed Ahmed Khalif (C Jey).

The judge noted that the defendant can appeal the case.

Somalia’s military courts have often carried out executions against alleged Al-Shabaab fighters who frequently target politicians, civilians and as well Somali government officials.