As Sharia is taking over Egypt, it has already seized other parts of Africa. The Guardian reports:
Islamist rebels have cut off the hand of a suspected cattle thief in Mali, the first amputation under sharia law imposed by insurgents controlling the country’s desert north. Abdel Moussa, a tea vendor in Ansongo, said a large crowd watched the amputation in the village about 100km (60 miles) from the regional capital Gao, after pleading with the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJWA) to stop.
“Our men cut off the hand of a thief after a judgment based on supporting evidence. They did it according to sharia,” Aliou Toure, a rebel leader in Gao, said. The amputation took place on Wednesday.
Mujwa, which is suspected of links to al-Qaida in the Maghreb, is among Islamist and separatist Tuareg groups that seized control of northern Mali in April, after a coup in the capital Bamako sapped the government’s ability to counter them. Before the crisis, Mali had a reputation as a rare example of a stable democracy in a tumultuous region.
Mali’s interim government condemned the amputation as a “despicable act” and reiterated its support for an international force to help take back the north.
Sanda Ould Boumama, a spokesman for Ansar Dine, another Islamist group linked to al-Qaida, said imposing sharia in Mali was not negotiable. “When you steal we cut off your hand, there is nothing more normal,” he said.
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