Somali Islamists who were driven from power two years ago, made clear to the people of Somalia they had not budged from their medieval views by stoning to death a woman who was charged with adultery. The 23 year-old woman, wearing a green veil and black mask, was placed in a hole up to her neck as hundreds watched in a square in the southern port of Kismayu which Islamist forces had captured last summer. Stones were hurled at her head until she died. Some of her relatives at one point surged forward and guards fired at them and in the process killed a child.
A local resident said the Islamists claimed she had willingly submitted herself to their judgement, but witnesses said she was screaming when she arrived at the execution site. Her sister was furious saying, “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.”
There are no reports of any man being brought forward or executed. Medieval minds carried out their brutality and broke their own religious laws.