Somali Lesbian Sentences Denied
BBC, February 23, 2001
Police in Puntland have denied a story widely reported in Somalia that two
women were sentenced to death for being Lesbians.
According to Mogadishu newspapers, the women were reported to have been
found guilty of "exercising unnatural behaviour" by having a lesbian
But police in Boosaaso, where the sentence was reported to have been
passed, say the case never came before the courts.
The Qaran newspaper in Mogadishu has now printed an apology to their
It had been reported that hundreds had packed the court in the northern
But no official confirmation was ever received from the Puntland
Puntland declared itself autonomous from Somalia in August 1998 and has
since set up its own administrative infrastructure.
Somalias first government in nearly a decade was appointed last year,
but the authorities in Puntland are opposed to it.
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