Somalia: Family of man who burned his wife to death offers blood money to halt execution 

MOGADISHU (Somaliguardian) – In a desperate move to spare their son from execution, the family of Sayid Ali Moalim Daud, a man who was sentenced to death for the murder of his wife by burning her alive, have made a stunning offer to pay blood money to the father of the victim’s late husband after her family rejected the proposal. 

The case, which sent shockwaves throughout the country and captured national attention late last year, has reignited conversations about justice, accountability and the rights of victims. 

The family of Luul Abdiasis, who was burned to death by her husband, rejected several offers of blood money despite pressure and threats of violence, insisting that they only want the perpetrator to be executed by firing squad. 

Since Sayid Ali’s conviction for the crime of burning his wife alive during a domestic altercation, his family has tirelessly campaigned for leniency and mercy, arguing that his decision to set his wife on fire was not the actual cause of her death. Despite their pleas, however, the courts have remained steadfast in their decision to uphold the death penalty, citing the severity of the offense and the need for justice to be served. 

With execution date looming ever closer, his family has taken matters into their own hands, reaching out to the father of the victim’s late husband with a heartfelt offer blood money as a gesture of reconciliation and restitution. In a response letter seen by local media outlets, the man accepted the offer, arguing that he has legal rights to step in the case and asked the family of Luul Abdiasis to greet the proposal with welcome. 

Under Islamic law, blood money, or “diyah,” is a form of financial compensation paid by the perpetrator or their family to the family of the victim as a means of seeking forgiveness and resolving disputes. 

Despite overwhelming evidence presented during the trial, including eyewitness testimonies and forensic analysis, Sayid Ali’s relatives staged protests in Mogadishu, demanding the release of their son. 

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