Boys at risk of execution in Somalia
This is an all too familiar story of poor justice which has led to the execution already of five boys with two more at risk.
The story is that seven boys were arrested in December 2016 for allegedly killing three high ranking officials. The boys were held in shipping containers for around 2 weeks before being transferred to a police station. Two of the boys said they were subjected to various forms of torture including electrocution; burning with cigarettes on their genitals; beatings; drownings and rape. Confessions were secured.
They were then tried before a military court with no other evidence other than the confessions. They were denied access to a lawyer. At the Appeal they were denied access to lawyers as well.
The two remaining boys – Muhamed Yasin Abdi who is 17 and Saud Saied Sahal, 15, are still in detention and are at risk of execution.
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