Appeals Court Finishes Second Hearing in Case of Man Accused of Burning Pregnant Wife

The Appeals Court in the Banadir region completed the second hearing of Sayid Ali Moalim Daud’s case on Sunday. Daud had been given the death penalty for allegedly setting his pregnant wife on fire.

The court said it would announce its final decision soon but didn’t say when.

Ali Halane, Daud’s lawyer, hopes the Appeals Court will give a different decision than the Banadir regional court. Halane argued that if they don’t like the Appeals Court’s decision, they’ll go to the country’s Supreme Court. He believes Daud didn’t burn his wife.

Deputy prosecutor Yahye Mohamud Said said Daud burned his wife, and the court needs to give its verdict. He said evidence from doctors, witnesses, and burns on Daud’s body proves Daud is guilty.

This case has gotten a lot of attention in Somalia, and people are watching closely. The Appeals Court’s decision is expected to come out later this week.

Luul Sheikh Abdiaziz, the victim, worked at Aden Abdulle International Airport and was a mother of six. She died in Erdogan Hospital from injuries she got in the fire. Prosecutors say Daud set the fire after they argued.

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