Al Shabab militants have flogged a man 100 times and suspended him from his town of residence for one year after a court run by the group convicted him of rape.
The flogging took place at a public square Monday afternoon in Kuunya Baroow town in the southern province of Lower Shabelle.
A local al Shabab judge who read the verdict at the square said the victim, Hussein Hassan, was found guilty of committing the ‘illegal act.’ Al-Shabab occasionally passes such sentences for sexual offences in areas it controls in Somalia.
Under al-Shabab’s interpretation of Sharia law, an unmarried person who has sex before marriage is liable to be given 100 slashes. Anyone who has ever been married – even a divorcee – who has an affair, is liable to be found guilty of adultery, punishable by stoning to death.
Al-Shabab, affiliated to al Qaeda, is fighting to topple the internationally-backed government in Mogadishu and wants to impose a strict version of Islamic law. Every year, the group carries out executions, amputations and flogging on people it accuses of crimes ranging from espionage to rape to theft. But the victims do not get a fair trial and legal representation.
The group lost control of many towns and cities to Somali forces backed by a 22,000-strong African Union force. But it still controls many rural areas including small towns near the capital, Mogadishu.
Supreme Court of Somalia to hear election-related cases
The Supreme Court of Somalia announced it will hear cases related to elections. Chief Justice Bashe Yusuf Ahmed said it would be illegal for the federal and state governments not to allow the courts to adjudicate over election cases.
“The Supreme Court is ready to hear any appeal that arises from an administrative decision made by the electoral commissions,” Bashe said.
Bashe was speaking at a judicial conference held in Mogadishu.
The Horn of Africa nation is preparing for parliamentary and peesidential elections in September and October respectively.
Somalia has no constitutional court but there is an electoral dispute resolution committee.
Former foreign minister joins race for Villa Somalia
Former Foreign minister Fawzia Adam becomes the firs female candidate to announce her candidature for Somalia presidency. Fawzia, who became Somalia’s first and only woman foreign minister and Deputy Prime Minister in 2012, said she is joining the race for Villa Somalia to change the course of the country’s politics. More than 30 other candidates have expressed their interest for the top job. She leads the National Democratic Party.
“My sole aim is to breath a new lease of life into Somalia. Our political ideology and believes are at the heart and soul of our political trajectory in deciding the best way Forward for my nation,” Fawzia said.
“Our people are known for their dynamism, resilience and fruitful thinking when it comes to business. If they are encouraged, the country will surely get rapid development and investment,” she added.
She is running on an anti-corruption platform. Fawzia hails from Somaliland. The Horn of Africa nation will hold presidential elections on October 10.
As foreign minister, Fawzia was instrumental in Somalia’s quest to recover state properties that had been frozen by foreign administrations, institutions and firms after the collapse of Somalia’s central government in 1991 in order to prevent unauthorized use, and began a formal assessment and recovery process of Somali national assets, which include ships and planes that are believed to be held in Italy, Germany and Yemen.
Farmajo congratulation Abiy Ahmed on his election victory
Somali President Mohamed Farmaajo has congratulated Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed whose party won the just-concluded elections in Ethiopia.
Somalia will continue to work with the government of Abiy Ahmed to further strengthen bilateral relations and benefit peoples of the two countries and the wider region, Farmajo said in a statement.
“I warmly congratulate PM Abiy Ahmed on regaining a strong mandate from the people of Ethiopia,” Farmaajo said.
Abiy’s new Prosperity Party won 410 out of 436 seats, according to electoral body.
Ethiopia has thousands of troops in Somalia under Amisom, the African Union Mission in Somalia, fighting al Shabab group. Since assuming office in 2018, Abiy has been supportive of the Somali Federal Government unlike his predecessors who supported regional administrations against the government in Mogadishu.
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