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Minister: The execution of a Norwegian citizen in Somaliland is unacceptable

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has informed Somaliland that they expect the death sentence against a Norwegian citizen will not be enforced.

On Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had a meeting with a representative from Somaliland in Norway.

“We gave a clear message at the meeting that the death penalty is unacceptable and must not be executed, and that the Norwegian citizen must have access to ordinary trials,” said Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide (H).

On Wednesday, the newspaper Dagbladet reported that a 54-year-old Norwegian citizen had been sentenced to death in Somaliland.

Prosecutors believe he deliberately killed a younger man.

The 54-year-old claims that he was attacked on the street without warning and defended himself.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs takes this matter very seriously. We distance ourselves from all use of the death penalty.

“I have a great understanding that this situation is difficult for both the Norwegian and his family,” said Søreide.

Insurance from Somaliland

The Norwegian citizen’s lawyer has received an assurance from the country’s foreign minister that the execution will not take place immediately.

“I was just talking to him. He says that there is no indication that the Norwegian citizen will be executed in the next few days.

– The verdict is not final, he said and emphasized that the Norwegian has the appeal, says associate lawyer Farid Bouras to NRK.

Foreign Minister Yasin Haji Mohamoudom promised Bouras that the matter would be raised with the president of the self-proclaimed republic.

SV comments

Storting representative Petter Eide (SV), who sits on the justice committee, believes that Norway’s efforts for Joshua French and Tjostolv Moland, who were sentenced to death in Congo, set a standard in such cases.

– I expect the Norwegian authorities and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to do absolutely everything they can to prevent this from happening.

“Norway has an obligation to help Norwegian citizens to be executed,” he told NRK.

Eide says he is currently not satisfied with the efforts of the Norwegian authorities.

Consular assistance

Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen says that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has worked consularly with the case since the Norwegian was arrested in April.

They have intensified the work after he was sentenced to death on Wednesday.

“We work through all relevant diplomatic channels, both here in Oslo and at our embassy in Nairobi,” she noted.

Assistant lawyer Bouras says that the Norwegian embassy in Nairobi has provided good consular assistance in the case.

“The situation is of course dramatic, and anything can happen in Somaliland.

“My client is struggling physically and mentally. He does not receive vital medication and is terrified of being shot at any time, “Bouras wrote to the news agency NTB.

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