Syrian man takes part in stoning of daughter to death

Updated 22 October 2014

Syrian man takes part in stoning of daughter to death

BEIRUT: An elderly Syrian took part in stoning his daughter to death for alleged adultery, in a video posted on YouTube by the Islamic State group on Tuesday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the execution took place in August or September in an IS-controlled rural area in the east of the central province of Hama.
In the video, a bearded gunman in combat fatigues stands behind the father, who is dressed in the white robe and checkered headdress typical of the Syrian countryside. They both face the young black-clad daughter as the gunman addresses her in the classical Arabic of the Qur’an.
“The punishment is the result of crimes which you committed under no duress,” he says.
“You must accept the punishment of God. Do you accept the punishment of God?”
She nods her head in assent, then turns to her father and asks his forgiveness. He refuses until the assembled IS fighters persuade him to relent.


But it makes no difference to his daughter’s fate. She is permitted to speak briefly before the stoning commences.
“I say to every woman: preserve your honor ... and I appeal to every father to pay attention to the surroundings your daughter lives in,” she says.
Her father then takes a rope, and ties it round his daughter’s waist before forcing her to lie down. The IS gunman then orders punishment to begin and the father joins in stoning her to death.


Algeria to go the polls on December 12, says interim president

Updated 15 September 2019

Algeria to go the polls on December 12, says interim president

ALGIERS: Algeria — whose president Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned in April following mass protests — is to hold a presidential election on December 12, his interim successor announced Sunday.

"I have decided... that the date of the presidential election will be Thursday, December 12," said Abdelkader Bensalah, who is precluded from standing himself, in a televised address.

The announcement comes after army chief General Ahmed Gaid Salah, seen as the strongman in Algeria since the fall of Bouteflika, insisted that polls be held by the end of this year, despite ongoing protests demanding the creation of new institutions ahead of any elections.