MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – Somalia’s military court has ruled on Tuesday that police killing of a district commissioner in Mogadishu was “unintentional” after defendants in the murder case argued that they mistook the official for drug smugglers.
It comes months after Hodan District Commissioner Abdihakim Dhagojun was killed overnight by police in an area not far from his home, shortly after returning from a medical trip to Turkey in January.
Several police officers charged with the murder were arrested and the military prosecutors announced earlier that the killing was “intentional”, though lawyers for the officers involved in the shooting have later challenged the decision.
Chief of Somalia’s military court Hassan Ali Nour Shute announced a long-awaited verdict on Tuesday, handing down prison terms between 2 and 5 years to 6 officers behind the killing, including one in absentia.
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