Sharia law takes hold in Mali

2012-08-09 20:02

Bamako - A spokesperson for an Islamist group in northern Mali says a man's hand has been chopped off as punishment for the theft of a motorbike, as hardliners tighten their grip over the vast territory in northwest Africa.

Adnan Abou Walid Saharaoui, spokesperson for the jihadist group Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa, or Mujao, said the amputation was carried out on Wednesday in the village of Ansongo.

Authorities had accused the man of stealing a motorcycle.

Mali's north was overrun by a mix of rebel groups including several allied with al-Qaeda following a coup in Mali's capital in March.

Since June, Islamists have exerted full control of the northern half of the country and have imposed Shariah law. They recently stoned an adulterous couple to death.

  • patrick.mettle.7 - 2012-08-09 22:09

    Just what Africa needs. Another country taken over by a religion that makes half its citizens invisible, oppreSsed and uneducated and the other half mindless idiots who believe an all powerful god needs them to measure out his justice. Christianity at least has evolved with time, this religion is so backward we really need to ban it in civilised countries.

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-08-09 22:55

      It is barbaric to say the very least! It is a form of oppression of the worst kind and a political strategy to rule the world.Click on the link below or copy and paste into search. MIND BLOWING STUFF

      patrick.mettle.7 - 2012-08-09 23:49

      @cliff. Yes that is a huge problem across Europe where their rights overtake the native residents rights. They have no trouble telling you that as an immgrant they don't respect ur laws and when they take over, you will comply. Belgium will cease to exist. All the history and heritage sites destroyed and native belgiums will become refugees in another country. That will keep happening until we take back our right to say NO to their racist behaviour. National parties should be supported instead of scorned. Take the British National Party. They have identified the threat and while many call them racist, the tide is starting to turn and peole are getting the message. Preserving your culture, heritage and way od life in ur own country is not racism, its your right. Muslims do not belong in democracies as the religion and democarcy are not compatible. Muslims will try and break the system down and therefore should not be welcomed never mind given residency. Its going to take a lot more than talking to rid Europe of this plague.

      nibiru.sekkiejorge - 2012-08-10 07:35

      @ Cliff I suggest all should visit the link you provided very frightening

      jo.barton.92 - 2012-08-10 08:09

      And yet they claim that Islam is a peaceful religion.When you visit their countries, you must do what they say, but when they come to your country, they demand differently.Hypocrites.

  • Vince.York - 2012-08-10 05:32

    AFRICA 2012 WELCOMES COLONIALISM - - - SO LONG AS IT IS NOT BY WHITES who can bring in cleanliness, order, technological advances and individualism!

  • Hermann - 2012-08-10 06:39

    Bunch of religious barbarians.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-08-10 07:14

    We have law where worst consequence is you get three meals a day and have a roof over your head and can sit and watch tv all day. We are the crime capital of the world, more rapes and murders than America. I vote for Chinese law. We would get rid of all the rot, especially the criminal polititions.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-08-10 08:12

    What do you get when you mix an african man with religion of peace called muslim/islam...? Answer: somalia, boko haram, mali, sudan, idi amin dada...

  • tasneem.basardien - 2012-08-10 09:36

    these comments make me very sad!i am a muslim, and trust me, our religion is not a violent one. dont blame and mock a religion because of what crazy extremists do in the name of Islam! to those who are saying "research before you comment", please practice what you preach! go and research Islam and its true meaning and what it embodies! backward?, whats more backward then good old fashioned prejudice and racism!

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-08-10 11:31

      Tasneem watch the interview and then tell us what you think.

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