Thursday, April 04, 2013
The High Court of Somaliland's Armed Forces
has commuted the sentences of 22 civilians convicted in May of attacking
a military camp, 17 of whom had been sentenced to death, Somalia's
Qaran News reported Tuesday (April 2nd).
The 17 civilians who faced death by firing squad will serve 20-year
jail terms, and five minors originally sentenced to life in prison will
be jailed for a minimum of 15 years.
The prisoners were convicted of attacking a military base in
Hargeisa's Sodanta area last year in a dispute over the use of land
between the community and the military. The shootout left three soldiers
and four attackers dead.