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#Somaliland: @Court Sentences Man Accused of Killing and Rape of 18-Year-Old Girl

By. Arraale M Jaama Freelance Journalist and Human Rights activist.

Hargeisa (ANN)-The Chairman of the Saraar Regional Court has sentenced Saleban Ali Arshe to death for the heinous murder and rape of 18-year-old Hodan Said Adan, in mid-November 2020, in Gunburaha, Saraar region.

Judge Sheikh Hassan said that the verdict was based on Surat al baqarah, verses 178 and 179, of the Holy Quran and the Islamic book of jurisprudence of Al Muqra al Muhtaj, of the General Penal Code. The verdict was handed down today, December 17, 2020, and an appeal is pending within the time allowed by the law, the judge announced. Hassan Salah Muse.

Explaining the verdict, the judge also said that the reasons for the verdict were based on the Theological Book of Al Al Muqra al Muhtaj Jis IV Four pages 1, 2, 3 to page 2, and articles 398, 434, of the general penal code. The verdict was handed down, he said, and the judge announced the verdict

The verdict was issued by the consultative committee, including Sheikh Hassan Salah Muse, chairman of the Sarar Regional Court, Nuh Ahmed Mohamed Judge, Awil Jama Qodox, a public judge and Assistant Khadar Abdi Abdullahi.


At the time of the verdict, the accused was in the hall along with his relatives and the family of the deceased Hodon who were present at the verdict. Also present were the audience and senior police and prosecution officials who prosecuted the convicted man.

Sarar Regional Police Commander Colonel Aden Abdi Awale “Qushi” and Saraar Regional Prosecutor Yusuf Abdullahi Ali, welcomed the court’s decision.

“The prosecutor’s office has submitted to the police the full case file of the rape and murder case of Saleban Ali Arshe. Eleven heavy witnesses and reinforcements have been brought in, and the court has been hearing them for two days. “The case should be closed today and the court should issue a death sentence in this heinous case of murder and rape.” He said. Saraar Regional Prosecutor speaks to media after sentencing.

Saraar Regional Police Commander Lieutenant Colonel Aden Abdi Awale “Qushi” also spoke about the court’s ruling. This is the worst murder and rape in Somaliland,”he said.

He added that although the town of Aynaba was 180 km from the scene of the killings and rapes, the perpetrator of the rape and murder of the late Hodan Said Adan, who was about 18 years old, was arrested in mid-November 2020, in Gunburaha area. Saraar Region.

Relatives of the victim, led by the father of the victim, Said Aden Dhuhul, said they were satisfied with the court’s ruling, but called on Somaliland President Muse Bihi to implement the ruling and implement the court’s decision.

In early December, a Saraar Regional court sentenced a man accused of raping a 15-year-old girl in Elal district in Saraar Region.

The judge of the Saraar regional court said that when announcing the verdict, the accused Adi Jama Bulale was found guilty in the case, for raping a 15-year-old girl in Elal district on 19 September 2020.

The court sentenced Abdi Jama Bulale to 13 years in prison and $ 2,000 in damages, after assessing the girl’s plight and the ugliness of the rape, after it became clear that he had committed the crime out of habit.

Authorities in the Saraar region also said another rape and murder had taken place in the area, which they said was in the process of being enforced.

Saraar Regional Court officials and authorities have warned traditional elders against engaging in such activities illegally in order to harass the victim.

Togdher Regional Court sentenced to death on November 22, 2020, Zakaria Abdi Yusuf, convicted of rape and murder in Burao on 11 October 2020, for the murder of Ugbad Ali Abdullah, a mother of three children as well and was studying at Burao City University.


Rape and murder cases have been on the rise in recent years in Somaliland. Rape is not something new, but new cultural rape and murder of ugly old not know the territory. No one has so far investigated the cases of killings and rapes in Somaliland and the Somali region in recent years.


By. Arraale M Jaama Freelance Journalist and Human Rights activist.