Somali soldier gets death penalty for Maltese man’s assassination
MOGADISHU – Somali military court in Puntland region has sentenced a Marine Police Force (MPF) soldier to death for his role of Maltese port manager Paul Anthony Formosa’s assassination on 4 February 2019 in Bosaso town, a commercial hub in the north of Somalia.
In a statement, the court has ordered Ali Abdi Hersi’s death penalty on Monday after he convicted of being involved in Formosa’s assassination claimed by Shabaab while the group claimed the Maltese man was staying illegally in Somalia.
Formosa was a manager for P&O Ports, a subsidiary of the Dubai based DP World in Somalia’s Bosaso town.
His assassination took place in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, where Formosa worked as a port manager for Dubai-based company DP World.
The company was developing Bosaso Port of Puntland region.
The P&O Ports has run Puntland’s Bossaso port since winning a 30-year concession in 2017 to expand and manage the facility.
Somali armed group al Shabaab claimed the responsibility for Formosa’s murder through its website shortly after the assassination.
The group is fighting to topple Somalia’s Western-backed central government and install its own rule based on its strict interpretation of Islam’s sharia law.