MOGADISHU (Garsoor Online) – A military court in Somalia has sentenced a soldier to death for shooting dead the country’s youngest cabinet member, 31-year-old Abas Abdullahi Sheikh, in May.
The court convicted the soldier of murder but, in a rare move, gave him the option of appealing.
Mr Abas, who was the public works minister, was killed in his vehicle near the presidential palace in the capital, Mogadishu, after being mistaken for a militant Isalmist.
The killing caused outrage in Somalia and led to the sacking of the auditor-general whom the soldier was guarding at the time of the shooting.
Mr Abas was seen as a role model for Somali youth.
He grew up in a refugee camp in Kenya and became Somalia’s youngest MP in November and a minister in February.