From Bloomberg.com, courtesy TROP
Somali Woman Stoned to Death After Being Convicted of Adultery
By Hamsa Omar
Nov. 18 (Bloomberg) — A Somali woman was stoned to death after being found guilty of adultery in breach of Islamic law.
Halima Ibrahim Abdirahman, a 29-year-old married woman, was executed after confessing to having had sex with a 20-year-old unmarried man, Sheikh Ibrahim Sheikh Abdirahman, the judge at her trial, told spectators at the execution yesterday at Eelboon in southern Somalia. Sheikh Ibrahim’s remarks were broadcast on Radio Hornafrik and monitored in the capital, Mogadishu.
The 20-year-old man, who was unidentified, was sentenced to 100 lashes, Sheikh Ibrahim said.
Most of southern and central Somalia is controlled by Islamist groups including al-Shabaab and Hisb-ul-Islam, following a two-year battle with the country’s Western-backed government. The Islamists are proponents of Shariah law, which operates under a code of Islamic principles first established in the Arab world by the prophet Muhammad in the seventh century.
In November 2008, a 13-year-old rape victim was stoned to death after being accused of adultery, according to Amnesty International, the London-based human rights group.