May 6th, 2012 Headsman
This from a May 7, 1970 London Times channeling of a Reuters report:
Mogadishu, Somalia, May 6 — Almost 50,000 people watched as a Somali soldier was executed by a firing squad today — the first public execution in the republic — for the murder of a girl.
In a statement read out at the execution, Lieutenant Ali Abdul-Rahman, the Attorney General, said: “The aim of imposing capital punishment on any citizen is to teach real justice, without which there can be no discipline here.”
Private Ibrahim Husain Muhammad was sentenced to death by a military tribunal in July, 1968. His appeals to the military High Court and to the Somali Supreme Court were rejected.
Whether the regime of the onetime Italian carabineire “taught justice” is another matter altogether.
Also on this date
- 1887: Theodore Baker, who knew how it feels to be hanged
- 1958: Vivian Teed, a first and a last
- 1972: Deniz Gezmis, Yusuf Aslan, and Huseyin Inan, Turkish revolutionaries
- 1904: Zenon Champoux, French degenerate
- 1777: Antoine-Francois Derues, scam artist
- 1916: Syrian and Lebanese nationalists, who christen "Martyr's Day"