Thursday January 12, 2023
Mogadishu (HOL) - A military court in Mogadishu has sentenced a former army officer to death on Thursday for his role in facilitating terror attacks on behalf of Al Shabaab.
Sharif Mohamed Barkhadle Ayanle, a 53-year-old former captain in the SNA, was convicted of aiding the Al Qaeda-linked militants to plant car bombs throughout Mogadishu, which killed a total of 27 people.
He was also found guilty of selling two mortar rounds and 40 rounds of ammunition to Al Shabaab, which was later used to shell Mogadishu.
Ayanle's lawyer informed the court that he admitted to the allegations but afterwards recanted his confession.
Lieutenant Colonel Hassan Ali Noor Shute, the lead judge in the military court, sentenced Ayanle to death by firing squad.
Shute added that Ayanle has 30 days to appeal his death sentence.
The former army captain's conviction and death sentence come days after government soldiers were arrested
for their involvement in the Villa Rays hotel attack
on November 28 in Mogadishu that killed eight civilians.
President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud vowed
in late December to investigate security officials and soldiers who helped facilitate terror attacks on behalf of Al Shabaab.