Somali soldier who killed minister Siraji gets death sentence

Somali soldier who killed minister Siraji gets death sentence

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Abas Abdullahi Sheikh

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Abas Abdullahi Sheikh was Somalia’s youngest-ever cabinet minister

The Somali soldier who shot dead the country’s youngest-ever cabinet minister last month has been sentenced to death by firing squad.

Abas Abdullahi Sheikh was in his car near the presidential palace in Mogadishu when he was killed by Ahmed Abdullahi Abdi, who reportedly mistook him for a militant Islamist.

The minister’s death caused shock and anger at the time.

The military court which sentenced the soldier said he can appeal.

At 31, Mr Abas became Somalia’s youngest-ever member of parliament last November before becoming the minister of public works earlier this year.

He grew up as a refugee in neighbouring Kenya, home to hundreds of thousands of Somalis who fled drought and conflict, and was seen a role model for his widely admired determination to succeed.

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The minister was in his vehicle near the presidential palace when he was shot

Sensing his popularity with the youth, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo appointed him to the cabinet.

When Mr Abas was killed, the president cut short a visit to Ethiopia to attend his state funeral.

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The president and many other dignitaries attended Mr Abas’ funeral

Somalia has been wracked by conflict since the long-serving ruler Siad Barre was ousted in 1991.

It is currently battling militant Islamists from the al-Shabab group, which is affiliated to al-Qaeda.

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June 19, 2017 at 10:30AM

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