A district commissioner has been sentenced to life for killing his deputy by a military court in Mogadishu.
The court found Mahas District Commissioner Sheikh Elmi Awale guilty of conspiracy in the murder of his then deputy commissioner Rashid Osman Abdi. The deputy commissioner died in April after an explosive device planted in his car went off in April.
Two other defendants-Ali Ahmed Gure and Noor Ibrahim whom the court established were members of the militant group Al-Shabaab condemned to face the firing squad by the court. Ibrahim, the court held was responsible for delivering the explosives which were later planted on the deputy commissioner’s vehicle.
The case is perhaps one of the rarest to have been handled by the court where a district commissioner purposely kills his deputy.