Voice of America reports that the radical Islamist group Ansar Dine has executed a man in Timbuktu who was “publicly accused of murder.”
The spokesman, Sanda Ould Bouamama, says Ansar Dine was acting in line with Islamic law. “We judged him,” he says. “The family of the victim asked for him to be executed, which was their right under Sharia law, and it was done.” Bouamama says the man had admitted to killing another man over a small dispute, and had turned himself in voluntarily to face judgment. There has been no independent confirmation of the spokesman's account.
This is the second such execution carried out by Ansar Dine, which claims to promote Islamic law. Bob Taylor at The Washington Times links violence in Mali to violence across the Muslim world, characterizing it as an inherent aspect of Islam.