Somaliland court sentences 17 to death for attack on military base
Thursday 17 May 2012
A military court in Somalia's breakaway region of Somaliland has
sentenced 17 people to death for attacking a military base over a land
dispute one day earlier, an official today.
Dozens of angry people marched through the streets of Hargeisa today to demand the release of the defendants. Riot police dispersed the crowd.
The court in Somaliland's capital convicted the 17 yesterday, saying the defendants confessed to attacking soldiers during Tuesday's confrontation. Somaliland, in Somalia's north, has not generally suffered from the civil war that has engulfed central and southern Somalia.
The attack by an angry and armed crowd in Hargeisa killed eight people, including three soldiers, said Somaliland Defense Minister Ahmed Haji Ali.
The court rejected the defense's contention that the decision was reached in haste.
"The court found these defendants guilty of being involved in the attacks on the soldiers and they confessed to it," Somaliland military court prosecutor Yusuf Farah Sharmarke said today.
Five other defendants were underage and were sentenced to life in prison, he said.
According to the prosecution, the 17 have no chance to appeal their death sentences.
Somaliland, a former British colony, declared independence in 1991 when Somalia's central government in Mogadishu collapsed. The international community does not recognize Somaliland as a separate country.
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