Somalia’s Al-Shabab group has flogged a teen after its court said he was found guilty of raping a young girl in the southern town of Barire.
The flogging took place at a public square in Barire witnessed by a large crowd on Monday.
A local Al-Shabab judge who read the court’s judgement at the square said Hassan Hussein, 16, was found guilty of raping Madina Fidow, who is 12 years old.
Hussein received 100 lashes and ordered to pay a dowry and expelled from the town for a period of one year. Al-Shabab media the family of the rape victim welcomed the verdict.
Al-Shabab, an Al-Qaeda-affiliated group fighting to overthrow an internationally-backed government mainly based in Mogadishu, conducts public executions and flogging of people it accuses of committing various crimes including rape, espionage and theft. But the victims do not get fair legal representation. Rights groups have accused the group of violating human rights and forcing victims to give false testimony.
Last year, dozens of people were either executed or flogged by the group.