SOMALIA. ISLAMISTS CARRY OUT 2ND PUBLIC EXECUTION
October 13, 2006: islamic radicals carried out their second public execution in less than a month amid fears of increasing extremist violence in Somalia.
Mahad Osman Ugas, 23, was executed by a six-man firing squad as several thousand people watched. A jury convicted him of killing a businessman while trying to steal the man's cell phone.
"Our son was killed unjustly," said Sultan Ali Sultan Ahmed, the elder of the executed man's local clan, who had wanted to try to pay blood money for the life of Ugas. "We appealed against the sentence but the court rejected it.''
Top Islamic leader Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed said the execution was required under Islamic law.
"We have given the families of both sides a chance to solve the matter on their own but they couldn't so we carried out the execution.'' (Sources: Ap, 13/06/2006)