12 February 2020 :
Puntland authorities in northeastern Somalia on 11 February 2020 executed two men by firing squad for the gang rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl, a government official said, adding it would serve as a warning to others in a country where crimes against women have rarely been punished.
The officials in Puntland said the authorities executed two of the three men convicted for the gang rape and murder of Aisha Ilyaas Aden.
The girl 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. She had been gang-raped, her genitals mutilated, and strangled to death.
The men executed are Abdifatah Abdirahman Fatah and Abdishakur Mohamed Dige while the execution of the third one was delayed.
According to the authorities, the third men who is identified Abdisalan Abdirahman Warsame will be kept in custody for ten days following request to delay the execution by the father of Aisha.
Three men were convicted and sentenced to death in May last year. The decision was upheld by an appeal court in June.
“This is a clear indication that justice is served in Puntland,” Puntland’s Justice Minister Awil Sheikh Hamid told a news conference. “It is a worrying alert for those who try to carry out crimes against women and girls.”