Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) November 11, 2009 -- In a nation that has not had a working national government for 18 years, Islamists in southern Somalia have stoned a man to death for adultery. His pregnant girlfriend was spared until such time as she gives birth.
Abas Hussein Abdirahman, 33, was killed in front of a crowd of about 300 people, in the port town of Merka. This is the third time in the past year Islamists have stoned a person to death for adultery.
A representative from the al-Shabab group said the woman would be killed after she has had her baby. The child will be handed over to relatives to rear.
Islamist groups run a large amount of southern Somalia, while the UN-backed government only controls parts of the capital.
Sheikh Suldan Aala Mohamed, Al-Shabab official, declared Mr Abdirahman had confessed to adultery before an Islamic court.
In the meantime, al-Shabab has been accused by President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed of spoiling the image of Islam by killing people and harassing women.
The moderate Islamist, Mogadishu, said during a ceremony at which he nominated a new administration for the capital, "Their actions have nothing to do with Islam. They are forcing women to wear very heavy clothes, saying they want them to properly cover their bodies but we know they have economic interests behind - they sell these kinds of clothes and want to force people to buy them."
In the same town, two men were stoned to death after being blamed for spying last month.
In the southern town of Kismayo, a 13-year-old girl was stoned to death for adultery last year. Human rights groups affirm she had been raped.
Another man has also been punished in this way in the Lower Shabelle region. A former rebel leader, Mr Sharif was sworn in as president after UN-brokered peace talks in January.
Though he reveals he also wants to implement Sharia, al-Shabab says his version of Islamic law would be too lenient.
Since the early 1990âs the pirates of Somalia have been a menace to international shipping. According to Kenyan foreign minister, Somali pirates have granted over US$150 million during the 12 months prior to November 2008.
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