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Islamister i Swat-dalen i Pakistan har tatt i bruk brutale metoder som ledd i innføringen av sharia i området. Den 70 år gamle islamistlederen Sufi Muhammad sier til The Guardian at nye domstoler vil iverksette straff av typen pisking, avkutting av hender og steining.

Det er kommet sterke reaksjoner i Pakistan etter at piskingen av en 17 år gammel jente ble vist på TV.

Floggings are the correct punishment, Muhammad explained, for sexual intercourse between unmarried people, drinking alcohol and slander. Thieves should have their hands chopped off – unless they were poor people stealing to feed themselves. And, for adultery, stoning to death.

«These punishments are prescribed in Islam. No one can stop that. It is god’s law,» said Muhammad, sitting on the floor in his makeshift headquarters in Mingora, the regional capital. An aide, Ameer Izzat, hurriedly added the tough criteria that must be met for such sentences. For adultery, there must be four witnesses who actually saw the act of penetration.

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