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Somali politician Abdirahman Ahmed executed by militants for cooperating with non-Muslims

A Somali politician, Ahmed was accused of apostasy for working with non-Muslims and executed by a Somali Islamist militia following a trial at their Sharia court.

Abdirahman Ahmed
Date:
Jan 15, 2009
By:
Organized Jihadists
Type:
Executed
Accused of:
Apostasy
Occupation:
Politician
Citizen:
Somalia
Country:
Somalia
Known For:

being a prominent politician in Kismayo, Somalia

Abdirahman Ahmed was a Somali politician who was accused by Islamists in 2009 of working with Ethiopian forces. At the time, Ethiopia had been militarily involved in Somalia in an attempt to expunge Islamist elements from political power, and, particular to Abdirahman’s case, to take back the city of Kismayo of which he was a resident. This meant that if Abdirahman was indeed working for them, he was not only undermining the goals of the Islamists, he was working with non-Muslims, the representatives of a majority-Christian nation.

"After the shooting, his brother pleaded to be able to bury his body, however, he was told the burial had already been done." - BBC report on Abdirahman's death

These transgressions sparked the Islamist forces who controlled Kismayo to stage a trial for Abdirahman under religious law. For mingling and working with non-Muslims, they determined he was legally an apostate and executed him by gunshot. As his family was denied the request for Abdirahman to be exiled rather than executed, so too was his brother denied the opportunity to bury him; his executioners claimed they had done it themselves.

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Somali politician Abdirahman Ahmed executed by militants for cooperating with non-Muslims