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Somali woman stoned to death

Posted by sarahnics on October 30, 2008

A woman in the African state of Somalia has been stoned to death after an Islamic sharia law court found her guilty for committing adultery.

The 23 year old woman was said to be bound hand and foot before being buried up to her neck, then was pelted to death, in front of thousands of people in the town of Kismayo.

While the execution took place, witnesses said that guards opened fire, killing a child when relatives started to run forward.

A local Islamist leader said that the woman had pleaded guilty to the crime of adultery.

Sheihk Hayakalla told the BBC, “She was asked several times to review her confession, but she stressed tha she wanted Sharia law, and the deserved punishment to apply.”

Unfair Treatment

Relatives of the condemned woman, later named as Asha Ibrahim Dhuhulow, say that she was unfairly treated.

Her sister told The Metro Newspaper, “The stoning was totally irreligious and illogical, Islam does not execute a woman for adultery unless four witness and the man with whom she committed sex are brought forward publicly.” 

One witness Abdullah Aden said, “We were told she submitted herself to be punished, yet we could see her screaming as she was forcefully bound, legs and hands.”

The last execution performed in public happened when the Islamists ruled Mogadishu and most of south Somalia for half of 2006.  

Islamist leaders said the woman breached Islamic laws and had to be punished, but promised that the guard who shot the child would be severely punished.

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