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BREAKING NEWS: PRIVATE SHARIA COURTS HAVE STARTED OPERATING IN GAROWE CITY

According to reliable eyewitness report, private Sharia Courts have been operating in Puntland Capital City for sometime now. These courts are reportedly attending land and properties disputes. They charge high fees for their services, according to an eyewitness, who was called in to testify about a land disputes between parties.

This is happening outside Puntland administration of justice. If allowed to continue to function in Puntland, these unofficial private Sharia courts shall turn into Al-shabab style system of parallel judiciary administrations similar to those operating in Southern Somalia. It is a new dangerous development unheard of its existence in Puntland before.

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  1. Ali Warsame

    June 15, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Dear Ismail
    Sharia courts have been operating in Puntland including capital City of Garowe, in Somaliland and in many cities of Somalia on an amicable terms. The condition to rule is that the two sides of the dispute agree on resorting to the private arbitration courts based on Islamic jurisprudence. The difference between these private courts and Puntland lowers courts which apply sharia law is that their verdict isn’t binding as those of Puntland justice system and individuals involved cam take the matters to the other courts. These private courts are not different from many arbitration courts in US & Europe which have had even series of movie episodes, some of them widely respected and accepted. Taking them to extremes as you mentioned in your breaking-news-style sensation isn’t absolutely quite wrong and beyond reasonable judgement.

    • WDM SOMALIA MONITOR

      June 15, 2021 at 12:05 am

      Do they need licenses from the government to operate in the country?

      • Ali Warsame

        June 15, 2021 at 12:20 am

        Since their verdict isn’t binding, they are a form of arbitrations which are performed by the elders or businessmen to solve disputes. Government has not yet requested them to register.

        • WDM SOMALIA MONITOR

          June 15, 2021 at 9:33 am

          What you are talking about is an ad hoc religious groups dealing disputes between parties in remote areas of the country.. Here, it is about organized teams in Puntland Capital City, and perhaps elsewhere, for profit without any means to enforce their judgments at moment, but have the potential to grow as parallel judiciary organizations in urban centres. Nobody is concerned about settlement of disputes through Sharia among the nomads in the countryside.

    • Ali Warsame

      June 15, 2021 at 7:41 am

      Sorry I meant to say “Taking them to extremes as you mentioned in your breaking-news-style sensation is absolutely quite wrong and beyond reasonable judgement”.
      Apologies.

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