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Somalia’s Al-Shabab Flogs Four ‘for Fornication’


Abdullahi Osman - 7Dnews Mogadishu

Sun, 22 Jul 2018 16:40 GMT

Al-Shabab militants have flogged four people, including a woman, after a court run by the group found the four guilty of fornication, an Al-Shabab judge has said.

The flogging -- 100 lashes for each adult -- took place in front of a large crowd in a public square in the southern town of Jaar.

One of the victims received 39 lashes because he was a minor, according to the Al-Shabab affiliated website Somali Memo.

Earlier in the week week, Al-Shabab flogged a 16 year-old boy 100 times and ordered him to pay a dowry to the girl involved. He was also expelled from the town for one year.

Victims of Al-Shabab executions and floggings do not receive legal representation and cannot expect fair judgements. Each year, dozens of people mainly accused of espionage, rape and theft are executed.

The group -linked to Al-Qaeda- is fighting to overthrow an internationally recognised but weak government in Mogadishu in order to implement its own version of a strict Islamic Sharia.