Nugal regional court in Garowe, the capital of Puntland State has announced the death sentence against Abdifitah Abdirahman Warsame, Abdisalan Abdirahman Warsame, and Abdishakur Mohamed Dige.
The court acquitted 7 others, mostly youths charged with the involvement of the rape and subsequent killing of the young girl whose tragic case sparked mass demonstrations held across Puntland.
Aden was abducted at a market in northern Galkayo town on February 24. Her body was found the next morning near her home. A post-mortem found she had been gang-raped and then strangled to death.
The court decision came after Somalis in and abroad the country took to social media using the hashtag #JusticeForAisha, calling on Puntland government for a proper investigation into the murder and rape of the girl.