By Aweys Osman Yusuf
Shabelle Media Network, Somalia
Jowhar 20, August. 06 ( Sh.M.Network) The Islamic Courts in Hamar Weyne and Hamar Jajabin, central Mogadishu, sentenced yesterday three men caught with using and selling narcotics to different numbers of whipping.
Since the Union of Islamic Courts took full control of the capital Mogadishu, drug addicts have been hiding with some repented and gave up using narcotics like opium and other types of drugs.
The three Somali men in different ages have been nabbed using Marijuana in center of Hamar Weyne ditrect. They included 19-year-old Mohamed Shogow, a drug user, who was whipped with 17 lashes, 58-year old Mohamed Omar, a drug user, who was lashed with 9 whips and 45-year-old Jeylani Isaaq, a drug dealer, who was flogged with thirty-five whips.
This is much more civilized than U.S. drug policy. I'm sure most of the POW's in the American Drug War would gladly take a whipping in exchange for their freedom.