Thursday, July 21, 2011
A Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) soldier has been executed for killing another soldier, a regional governor has confirmed.
The TFG governor of Gedo region in southern Somalia, Mr Mohamed Abdi Kalil, told the media Wednesday that a government soldier was executed after a court sentenced him to death.
The soldier, killed by a firing squad, allegedly shot dead another military officer that was serving Ahlu Sunna wal-Jamea, a moderate Islamist group allied with the government.
However, Mr Kalil did not give the name of the alleged killer or the victim. The court proceeding and the execution took place at Garbaharrey town, 320km southwest of Mogadishu.
“Killings and exchange of fire frequently occur between pro-government soldiers,” said the governor.
He added that severe measures, including capital punishment, were aimed at minimising misuse of firearms within the armed forces.
In southern and central Somalia, most of the severe punishments, however, are carried out by courts serving al-Shabaab, the radical Islamist group fervently opposing the TFG.
In many cases, the sentences include flogging in public, limb amputations, executions and stoning to death.