Berbera, Somaliland, August 13, 2011 (SL Times) – Two men who were accused of raping a 15-year old girl were tried and convicted in a Berbera court.
Speaking about this case, the chief judge of Sahil region, Osman Suldan-Ibrahim Daahir, confirmed to the Somali language newspaper Haatuf that the trial took place and that the court sentenced each of the culprits to 10 years in jail. The Judge stressed that they had been lately seeing crimes that did not used to happen before. In addition to sentencing crimes that were committed on land, the judge said they had also tried and convicted pirates from Puntland, Somalia and Somaliland.
Judge Osman Suldan-Ibrahim Daahir said one of the main obstacles derailing their work is interference by elders and officials, who, after a person was tried and convicted, come to the court and say that the issue was resolved between the two parties of the case and that the court should release the convicted felon.