Mogadishu High Court Wraps Up Dramatic Second Trial Session in Notable Homicide Case

In Mogadishu, the Court of Appeal of the Banadir region wrapped up the second hearing of Sayid Ali Moalim Daud’s defense. Daud had previously received a death sentence for setting his pregnant wife on fire.

The court mentioned that the final decision would be made soon, without specifying a date.

Ali Halane, Daud’s lawyer, expressed optimism that the appeal court would reach a different verdict than the Banadir regional court. He stated that if they were unhappy with the ruling, they would take the case to the country’s Supreme Court, insisting that Daud was innocent.

Deputy prosecutor Yahye Mohamud Said argued that Sayid Ali was responsible for his wife’s burning. He emphasized the necessity for the court to deliver its judgment, citing evidence from doctors, witnesses, and Daud’s own burns as proof of guilt.

This high-profile case has captured the attention of the public in Somalia, with the community closely following the proceedings. The much-awaited decision from the appeals court is anticipated to be announced within the week.

Luul Sheikh Abdiaziz, the victim, was a respected worker at Aden Abdulle International Airport and a mother of six. She succumbed to her injuries at Erdogan Hospital after the fire, which prosecutors claim was ignited by Daud during a domestic dispute.

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