MOGADISHU – Eight men and a woman were arraigned before a military court in the Somali capital, Mogadishu as the court has ordered harsh sentences on them for allegedly having connections with al Shabaab, the deadliest Islamic organization in Africa.
Colonel Hassan Ali Nur Shute, the chairman of the court said four men and a woman named Abdirahman Nour Mohamed, Yasin Mohamed Abtidon, Abdishakur Ali Mohamud, Faran Aden Yusuf Wehliye and Safio Isse Arwah were sentenced to 15 years in behind bars.
He says two others –Farhan Farah Mohamud Fidow and Hassan Sheikh Abdullahi Aboukar were also given each to 8 years in prison, while the court slapped Ahmed Abdikadir with life imprison.
Colonel Shute says the defendants were sentenced for their role of facilitating arms transportation, throwing bombs, and threatening citizens.
“These were also involved in spying to the group”, he added.
The military court has ordered the 9th one – Abdi Khadar Mire Ahmed to be released if there are no other crimes
Death sentences have been carried out increasingly often in the unstable Horn of the African nation in recent years.