An Islamic court in Somalia that sentenced four men to have a hand and a leg cut off postponed the punishment today, saying the sweltering weather could cause them to bleed to death.
The court sentenced the men yesterday in the capital, Mogadishu, after accusing them of stealing mobile phones and guns.
The court is run by al-Shabab, a powerful insurgent group that is trying to topple the U.N.-backed government and install a strict form of Islam.
'The sentence will be carried out later,' an al-Shabab official said, requesting anonymity because he was not allowed to speak publicly.
'It was postponed because of the hot weather and fears that the victims will bleed to death.'
No date was set for the punishments to be carried out.
Amnesty International has appealed to al-Shabab not to carry out the 'cruel, inhuman and degrading punishments.'
The U.S. considers al-Shabab a
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