In first for Somalia, DNA used to convict rapists

London, May 17, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Somalia has for the first time used DNA evidence to obtain a criminal conviction, sentencing three men to death for the gang-rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl, the Bureau of Forensic Science said.

In first for Somalia, DNA used to convict rapists The country got its first-ever forensic laboratory in 2017 in the semiautonomous state of Puntland, seeking to tackle widespread sexual violence in a country where two decades of conflict and turmoil have put justice out of reach for most.

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The bureau said in a statement that Somalia had “joined, for the first time, the rest of the world in utilising science to solve a heinous criminal case”.

In February, the kidnapping of 12-year-old Aisha Ilyas Adan — who was gang-raped and tortured to death, her body dumped outside her parents home — sparked outrage and protests in the region.

Human Rights Watch has described rape as “normal” in Somalia, with police often failing to take cases seriously. (Agency)
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