UN rights office decries "hasty" execution of alleged murderer

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A "hasty" judicial process in the Somali town of Kismayo that led to the execution of a man for the alleged murder of an elder has raised the concern of the United Nations human rights office.

Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said the man was sentenced and executed just nine days after he was accused of the crime.

Colville said the suspect did not enjoy full fair trial guarantees, including the right to legal representation and the right to appeal.

Someone sentenced to death should also have the right to seek pardon or ask for a reduced sentence, he noted.

"The man was found guilty last week – it was not clear by whom exactly, but possibly not even by a court. He was executed by firing squad in public on 3 April. The UN Mission in Somalia, UNSOM, had urged a stay of execution, including at the highest levels within the regional Interim Jubba Administration which appeared to have been heavily involved in the sentencing and execution. Under international law, the death penalty should only be applied after the most rigorous judicial process which was clearly not the case here."  (30″)

According to reports, more than 34 people have received the death penalty in Somalia since January 2013.

Rupert Colville said the recent executions in the country contravened Somalia's commitments at the international level.

The UN human rights office, he added, is calling on the country's authorities to impose a moratorium on the death penalty.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration:  1’33″

 

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