Jul 12, 2009 - 5:07:27 AM BAIDOA, Somalia July 12 (Garowe Online) - Islamist hardliners in southern Somalia have rejected media reports that seven men convicted of spying were beheaded, Radio Garowe reports.
Sheikh Mahad Omar, the new Al Shabaab chief in Bay and Bakool regions, admitted that a group of men were brought to court and convicted of 'spying for the government.'
But he denied reports that the men were punished by being beheaded. TheAssociated Press had reported on Saturday that seven men were convicted of spying and beheaded in Baidoa, capital of Bay region.
Sheikh Mahad said "misinformation was spread by Western news agencies," whom he accused of being "anti-Islam."
Al Shabaab guerrillas control much of south-central Somalia and are fighting to overthrow the country's Western-backed interim government, which is holed up in a few pockets of Mogadishu.
The victims' frightened, weeping sisters and wives arrived at the police station in Baidoa on Friday to collect the mutilated bodies.
A woman named Miriam, who asked that her last name be withheld to protect her from reprisals, sobbed as she said in a telephone call that four bodies, including her husband's, had been brought to the police station. The location of the other three was unclear.
Hawa, who also wanted her full name withheld, was at the police station with six other families who had been informed a relative had been executed. She told The Associated Press that her brother had been missing for about 20 days after being abducted from his house by masked men, and that she had just been informed that he had been beheaded.
Al-Shabab militia officials told her that the seven had been accused of either renouncing the Islamic religion (same as the goons at Muslims Against Sharia protray) or spying for the government, she said.
Khalim Massoud and the goons at Muslims Against Sharia continue to post false articles to the internet that have no basis in truth, just lie, lie and lie, no wonder the lawsuits are piling up against these internet terrorists.
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