Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned
the killing of Somalia's Deputy State Attorney, Ahmed Malim Sheikh Nur,
expressing deep concern that the recent attacks in Mogadishu seem to be
targeting the country's justice sector.
"The Secretary-General is deeply concerned that recent attacks in
Mogadishu appear to target the judicial officials and the legal system
as a whole," his spokesperson said in a statement issued Monday evening.
Mr. Ban "remains confident that such criminal acts will not undermine
efforts to strengthen the rule of law in the country," the statement
According to media reports, gunmen killed the Deputy Attorney General
on 26 April as he was leaving a mosque following Friday prayers.
Mr. Ban expressed his sincere condolences to Mr. Nur's family and
reiterated the commitment of the United Nations to support and assist
the Government of Somalia, its institutions and its people.
Earlier this month, UN independent expert on the situation of human
rights in Somalia, Shamsul Bari, urged the international community to
continue its efforts to strengthen the administration of justice in
Somalia despite a slew of attacks.
Mr. Bari made his statement after deadly bomb and gun attacks at the Banadir Regional Court and near the airport in Mogadishu.