UN chief condemns latest attack on Somali legal system

30 April 2013

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the killing of Somalia’s Deputy State Attorney, Ahmed Malim Sheikh Nur, expressing deep concern that the recent attacks in Mogadishu seem to be targeting the country’s justice sector.

“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned that recent attacks in Mogadishu appear to target the judicial officials and the legal system as a whole,” his spokesperson said in a statement issued Monday evening.

Mr. Ban “remains confident that such criminal acts will not undermine efforts to strengthen the rule of law in the country,” the statement added.

According to media reports, gunmen killed the Deputy Attorney General on 26 April as he was leaving a mosque following Friday prayers.

Mr. Ban expressed his sincere condolences to Mr. Nur’s family and reiterated the commitment of the United Nations to support and assist the Government of Somalia, its institutions and its people.

Earlier this month, UN independent expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Shamsul Bari, urged the international community to continue its efforts to strengthen the administration of justice in Somalia despite a slew of attacks. Mr. Bari made his statement after deadly bomb and gun attacks at the Banadir Regional Court and near the airport in Mogadishu.

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