Welcome to the world of sharia law. More on this story. “Somalis watch double amputations,” from Reuters, June 25: Hardline Islamists in Somalia have carried out double amputations on four men for stealing phones and guns.
They have each had a hand and foot cut off after being convicted by a Sharia court in the capital earlier this week.
More then 300 people, mainly women and children, watched as masked men cut off their limbs with machetes.
The four men reportedly admitted to the robberies, but were not represented by a lawyer and were not allowed to appeal against their sentence.
The al-Shabab group, which controls much of southern Somalia, has carried out amputations, floggings and an execution in the port of Kismayo but such punishments are rare in the capital.
The amputations were carried out in the open in front of an al-Shabab military camp in the north-east of Mogadishu. A local resident said the four men cried out during and after the amputations. Each man had his right hand and left foot cut off.
“‘Help, help, help!’ one of them shouted,” Mohamed Abdi told the BBC.
Eyewitnesses estimate the age of the four men – Aden Mohamud, Ismail Khalif , Jeylani Mohamed, and Abdulkadir Adow – to be between 18 and 25.
Mr Abdi said the whole process took about an hour to complete.
‘Torture’ Human rights lobby group Amnesty International has condemned the amputations.
“These punishments amount to torture,” said Tawanda Hondora, Amnesty’s Africa deputy director.
The group says that committing torture could amount to a war crime.
After the four were sentenced to double amputations on Monday, mosques in the area announced through their loud speakers that the amputations would take place at 0800 local time on Thursday. Al-Shabab spokesman Ali Mohamud Rage told journalists that the amputations were a warning to all thieves. “If they are caught red-handed in similar circumstances, they will face amputation,” he said. He also said al-Shabab would look after the welfare of the amputees… Posted by Raymond at June 25, 2009
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