Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Mali - Rebels to Impose Islamic Law

Mali: Rebels to Impose Islamic Law

The Islamist rebel faction that seized control of the northern city of Timbuktu over the weekend has said it will impose Islamic law there, local officials said Wednesday. The Ansar Dine rebels, who took advantage of a power vacuum after a coup last month to seize the town, made the announcement at a meeting of the city's imams on Tuesday. The group's leader, Iyad Ag Ghali, said that women would be required to wear veils, thieves would be punished by having their hands cut off and adulterers would be stoned to death, according to local officials and a radio journalist. Ansar Dine is one faction of the Tuareg rebels, who also have a secular faction.

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