Diverse Voices and Reflections from Somalia Law-courts Attack

Daud-press-conference“Judiciary Reforms is vital, Somalia should ensure Lawyers Protection”

The Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) is concern how Somalia leaders follow the deadly attacks informations moving around and manage to investigate the root causes over Sundays’ deadly attacks at the Somalia law-courts compound on April 14, 2013.

At least 30 people were killed in the law-courts building on Sunday after fighters linked to al-Qaeda stormed the city’s main law courts, firing a barrage of bullets and setting off four explosions. The Islamist militant group al-Shabaab, which has ties to the al-Qaeda terrorist network, has claimed responsibility for the attacks in Court-house.

A Somali journalist, Mohamed Hassan Habeeb, who was the media advisor to the courts, and has worked several media houses including the state run Radio Mogadishu was among the killed in Sunday’s attack acourding to the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) and SOMESHA acknowledged the death of Prof. Mohamed Mohamud Afrah, Head of Somali Lawyers Assocition and his colleague Abdikarin Hassan Gorod, who were human rights defenders and remembered for their brilliant role in defending the Somali journalist, Abdiasis Abdinur Ibrahim, who was accused of interviewing a rape victim were killed in the attack.

“We are in suspicious and feeling fear that the death of Prof. Mohamed Mohamud Afrah, Head of Somali Lawyers Association and his colleague Abdikarin Hassan Gorod is absolutely based on reprisal from the judiciary group according to the controversial voices and interviews from the chief of the Supreme Court H.E. Aided Abdullahi Ilkahanaf and the head of the banadir regional court H.E. Hashi Elmi Nur who were present at the compound on their daily duty at that particular day including the Attorney General H.E. Abdulkadir Mohamed Muse “said Mr. Daud Abdi Daud, SOMESHA Secretary General

“We have reports different from what they have said over the death of the two lawyers; even they say something different with each other’s citation so how it can be possible to know who is right and who is wrong, apart from what they claimed we have reports indicating that the two lawyers died in separate places within the compound with separate directions and shot dead both of them with shotgun shell not in explosion”. Mr. Daud added

“Among those killed when the assailants opened fire inside the court complex were respected lawyers Professor Mohamed Mohamud Afrah, the head of the Somali Lawyers Association, and Abdikarin Hassan Gorod. Afrah and Gorod had recently represented a woman who faced criminal charges after she alleged that she had been raped by government forces. They also represented a journalist who had interviewed the woman, and also faced charges in a politically motivated trial that received international attention. During the trial, court officials threatened to withdraw Afrah’s law license, though these threats never materialized”said Human Rights Watch

“Throughout the high-profile trial, Afrah and Gorod showed the utmost commitment to defending their clients, despite the serious personal risks involved. “Their deaths are a tragedy for their families, colleagues, and for all Somali victims of abuse who are often unable to afford legal help.”Said Leslie Lefkow, deputy Africa director of Human Rights Watch.For more Human Rights Watch reporting on Somalia, please visit:
http://www.hrw.org/africa/somalia

For more information or interview please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Daud Abdi Daud who has been tracking and investigating as well as following the compound attacks and the death of the two Human Rights Lawyers on +252616349997 or email: dimbil@afejnews.org

Note to the editors;

Mr. Daud Abdi Daud Dhimbil is active, prominent Somali journalist and media freedom defender and heads SOMESHA, the African Federation of Environmental Journalists (AFEJ) and member of various press, human rights and civil society organizations national, regional and global level.

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