A woman accused of adultery
has been stoned to death by Islamists in Somalia
SKY News, UK / October 28, 2008
woman accused of adultery has been stoned to death by Islamists in
Somalia. The 23-year-old woman was buried up to her neck in
front of hundreds of people in a square in Kismayu and stones were hurled
at her head.She was dragged out of the hole three times to see if she was
When a relative and others surged forward to rescue her, guards opened
fire and killed a child.
It is thought to be the first such public killing by the militants for
about two years.
Witness Abdullahi Aden said: “A woman in green veil and black mask was
brought in a car as we waited to watch the merciless act of stoning.
“We were told she submitted herself to be punished, yet we could see her
screaming as she was forcefully bound, legs and hands.” Witness
Abdullahi Aden says “A relative of hers ran towards her, but the
Islamists opened fire and killed a child.” The Islamists last carried
out public executions when they ruled Mogadishu and most of south Somalia
for half of 2006.
They were toppled by allied Ethiopian and
Somali government forces at the end of that year, but they have taken back
land by waging an Iraq-style guerrilla campaign
In parts, they are welcomed for the security they bring, but they are also
imposing fundamentalist practices like banning entertainment seen as
Islamists said the woman, named as Asha Ibrahim Dhuhulow, wanted
punishment under Sharia law.
Local leader Sheikh Hayakallah said: “She was asked several times to
review her confession but she stressed that she wanted Sharia law and the
deserved punishment to apply.”
But her sister, who asked not to be named, said: “The stoning was
totally irreligious and illogical.
“Islam does not execute a woman for adultery unless four witnesses and
the man with whom she committed sex are brought forward publicly.”
Islamist leaders at the execution said the woman had breached Islamic law
and promised to punish the guard who had shot the child in the melee
around the execution.