Woman stoned to death in Somalia


A woman has been stoned to death in Somalia for committing adultery in breach of Islamic law.

Judge Sheikh Ibrahim Abdirahman said the married woman (29) was killed yesterday in front of a crowd of 200 people near the town of Wajid.

Judge Abdirahman said the woman had an affair with a 20-year-old unmarried man and gave birth to a stillborn child.

The man was sentenced to 100 lashes.

The militants that control much of southern Somalia and have links to al-Qaeda have instituted a conservative reading of Islam’s Sharia law.

The stoning death was at least the fourth for adultery in Somalia in the last year. It was the second time a woman has been killed.

In November 2008, a 13-year-old rape victim was stoned to death after being accused of adultery, according to Amnesty International.