May 2, 2006

Somali teen executes father’s killer under Sharia

By Mohamed Ali Bile

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A 16-year-old Somali boy stabbed his
father's killer to death on Tuesday in a public execution
ordered by an Islamic Court, witnesses said.

Omar Hussein, 45, was convicted under sharia law of killing
teacher Sheik Osman Moallim two months ago in the capital
Mogadishu after a dispute over his son's education.

An Islamic court in the Bermuda district of Mogadishu
ordered that Moallim's son Mohamed should execute his father's
killer in the same manner that his father was murdered.

Hundreds of people watched the teenager stab Hussein
several times in the chest and throat at the Koranic school
where his father had worked, witnesses including a Reuters
reporter said.

"I am happy now because I killed the man who killed my
father," Mohamed Moallim said.

Hussein, who was tied with a rope and flanked by Islamic
court militia, shouted "There is no God but Allah!" in Arabic
as he was killed.

Mogadishu's Islamic courts have created a semblance of
order in the lawless capital by providing justice under sharia
law, which states that if someone murders, they should also

Somalia plunged into chaos in 1991, when warlords ousted
military dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

A fledging interim government, formed in neighboring Kenya
in 2004, is weakened by internal power struggles and has little
control over the nation of 10 million people. Most are Muslim.

The execution was believed to be Somalia's first in public
in recent years.