Three suspects found of guilty of raping and murdering 12 years old Aisha Ilyas in Galkayo, Somalia three months ago have been sentenced to death by the court of appeal.
The case which outraged millions across Somalia happened in February 2019 after the 12 years old Aisha Ilyas was reported missing from her home. Her body was found after 24 hours dead with signs of torture.
The police in Galkayo arrested 10 suspects in which three of them following the DNA sample was found guilty of raping and murdering the young girl.
In April, a court in Garowe sentenced the three men to death of raping and murdering Aisha Ilyas, 12 years old. The court arraigned 10 men accused of the case in court in Garowe which public and media were allowed to be present, but acquited the rest from the crime.
Thousands of people including students and youth activists have protested streets across the main towns in Puntland while the President called the most severe punishment for anyone found guilty for the case.
The Somalia NGO Consortium also expressed their sadness “by the development in Galkacayo, which involves the kidnap and subsequent rape, torture and murder of a 12-years-old girl Somali girl, Aisha Ilye, in the central town of Galkayo, Somalia. The NGO consortium calls for the government of Puntland and the Federal Government of Somalia to act fast and bring the perpetrators to face justice,” a statement from the forum who is a platform for the majority of non-governmental organisations operating in Somalia.
“This heinous act is a reminder of the risks women and girls face in Somalia on a daily basis. No woman or girl has to experience such a fate again and no parent has to bear the pain of seeing this. We call the government of Puntland to fully investigate Aisha’s murder and implement the sexual offensive law which criminalises all forms of gender-based violence in Puntland.” Says Nasra Ismail, Director of Somalia NGO consortium.