Puntland High court upholds sentence death against rapers of Aisho

A court in Somalia’s northeastern regional state Putland has upheld sentence of three men convicted of raping, mutilating and killing of a teenager early this year.

Abdifatah Abdirahman Warsame, Abdisalan Abdirahman Warsame and Abdishakur Mohamed last May sentence death for the rape and murder of Aisha Ilyas.

The third degree court has today announced that the ruling of the first and second degree courts were fair and justice saying the men committed the heinous crime.

The men who sought appeal twice will be gunman’s guests as the Court’s ruling is final decision.

Aisha was abducted from a market in Galkayo town in February.

Her body was discovered the next morning and a post-mortem found that she had been strangled to death after being gang-raped.

The atrocity led to street protests as well as an angry reaction on social media with calls for the Puntland government to take action.

The ruling is extremely significant – rape cases in Puntland are usually settled out of court, following the intervention of traditional elders who force the perpetrator and survivor to marry some cases.