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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This blog is associated with the former Chief of Staff in Puntland State Presidency, 1998-2004. He also worked with the UN and World Bank Joint Secretariat for Somalia’s Re-construction and Development Program (RDP), 2005-2006, as a Zonal Technical Coordinator for Puntland and later as National Aid Technical Coordinator with the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia and European Union. He is now an independent political analyst and commentator on current issues and occasionally gives historical perspective on modern Somalia’s politics. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada. He can be reached at: email@example.com
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5 thoughts on “BREAKING NEWS: PRIVATE SHARIA COURTS HAVE STARTED OPERATING IN GAROWE CITY”
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.
Do they need licenses from the government to operate in the country?
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.
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.
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”.