Garowe (SD) – A Puntland court has sentenced to 20 years in prison to the man who raped 9-year-old Farah Jama Siyad.
Mukhtar Abdikafi Hirsi, 36 who is an HIV carrier, also faces a $ 5,000 fine, for child abuse on the same case.
The convicted rapist was sentenced to death by Galkayo regional court, However, the appeals court overturned that ruling, instead sentenced him to 20 years in prison and $ 5,000 fine.
The ruling has again been appealed to the high court, which today upheld the appeal court’s decision on the case.
Somalia in general and in Puntland particular, rape is on the rise, and there has been high profile rape cases in front of the courts there.
There has been convicted rapist executed in Puntland recently and two more cases currently in the courts.