Mali arrests Islamist judge who ordered amputations and stonings

Source: Reuters – Sat, 18 Jan 2014 12:56 PM

Author: Reuters

BAMAKO, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Mali’s army has arrested a hardline Islamist judge who ordered floggings, amputations and the stoning of women for adultery during a 10-month occupation by rebels linked to al Qaeda.

Houka Houka Ag Alfousseyni, who held court in the Timbuktu region, was detained on Friday as part of a military operation against armed Islamist groups that are plaguing local communities, the government said in a statement.

Alfousseyni was one of the rebel movement’s most influential and well-known figures, and his arrest is part of a government campaign to bring to justice radical Islamist leaders like him.

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