Two paedos who gang-raped and killed a 12-year-old girl are executed by firing squad in Somalia – The SunFebruary 11, 2020
TWO men who raped and murdered a 12-year-old girl have been publicly executed by firing squad in Somalia.
Abdifatah Abdirahman Warsame and Abdishakur Mohamed Dige were both shot in the main square of Bossasso, on Somalia's north coast, for the brutal killing of Aisha Ilyes Aden.
Aisha Ilyes Aden was abducted at a market in northern Puntland’s Galkayo town in February last year.
Her body was found the next morning near her home and she had been gang-raped, her genitals mutilated before being strangled to death.
Adeer Ilyas, the victim’s father witnessed the execution and said he was happy that justice had been served.
The brutal nature of the killing triggered public outrage and demonstrations, as well as an online protest using the hashtag JusticeForAisha.
Three men were convicted and sentenced to death in May last year and the decision was upheld by an appeal court in June.
OUTRAGE AT MURDER
“This is a clear indication that justice is served in Puntland,” said Puntland’s Justice Minister Awil Sheikh Hamid told a news conference.
“It is an alert for those who try to carry out crimes against women and girls.”
The execution of a third man, Abdirahman Warsame’s brother Abdisalam, was delayed for 10 days at the request of Aisha’s father, Adan Ilyas.
Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region passed the country’s first law criminalising offences such as sexual harassment and rape in 2016.
Rape victims in the east African nation are stigmatised and forced to marry assailants.
Convictions under the law are rare, as police are either unaware of the law or do not see violence against women as a serious crime, say women’s rights campaigners.
Many rape survivors are reluctant to report abuses, fearing they will be shunned, the campaigners say.
“This is the first time such a sentence has been meted in a case involving a woman and we commend the government,” said a statement from the Galkayo Education Centre for Peace and Development, a local women’s rights organisation.
“While we do not support the death penalty, we believe that this will send the strongest message that violence against women will not be tolerated.”
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