A Somali soldier, Ahmed Abdullahi, has been sentenced to death for killing a government minister, Abbas Siraji, who he mistaken for an Islamist militant.
Siraji, a Public Works minister in the country, was shot dead in his car on May 3, in Mogadishu, Somali capital.
Abdulahi was condemned to death by a military court on Monday “for mistakenly shooting the minister,” army officer, Hassan Noor told Reuters.
A second soldier who was also at the scene was released without charge on the same day.
The 31-year-old government appointee grew up in a Kenyan refugee camp and was the country’s youngest minister.
According to reports, militants from the al Qaeda-affiliated group Al Shabaab, have carried out frequent attacks in Mogadishu. They fight to oust Somalia’s Western-backed government and drive out African Union peacekeeping troops.
- Bola Kougbe