Finland trying to overturn death sentence of Somali man
Finnish authorities are pleading with officials in Mogadishu to overturn the death sentence of a Somali-born permanent resident of Finland. The 44-year-old man was sentenced to death on 4 November by the Banadir Regional Court for beheading a university student in a mosque in Mogadishu on 13 October, Mareeg Media, a local news outlet, reported last week. Reports in the local media also indicate that he had chosen his victim at random.
The man is believed to have lived in Canada before moving first to Finland and then to Somalia.
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland was informed of the matter on 7 November. Although the charge brought against the man is serious, Finnish authorities are working on preventing the execution of his death sentence.