The human rights group Amnesty
International is calling on the international community to intervene on behalf
of a woman facing execution in the Puntland region of Somalia. The group says Ifraah
Ali Aden is in imminent danger of being executed for the murder of another
Goderiaux is researcher for the Africa program of Amnesty International in
London. She saidthis case is
different from other cases of pending executions. "Amnesty International is
particularly worried because the accused is reportedly pregnant," she said. "No
checks have been made on her to confirm her pregnancy and both international
law and Islamic law forbid the execution of pregnant women and new mothers."
second concern is that Ifraah was tried the day after the killing and would not
have had time to prepare an adequate defense." Goderiaux says Amnesty is urging
authorities to ensure that she is given adequate legal representation and
immediate access to a doctor to determine whether she is pregnant.
Ifraah is accused of murdering Suad
Mohamed Aware with a knife in Bossaso. Ifraah's relatives say it was
self-defense, while relatives of Suad say Ifraah intentionally attacked Suad
out of jealousy. Both women were wives of the same husband.