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Man accused to be gay murdered by Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

ADEN, Yemen — Two militants from an Al-Qaeda linked group on Monday killed a man in the provincial capital of Huj who they accused of being gay, a police source said Tuesday.

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP that that the militants, who belong to Ansar al-Sharia group, opened fire on 20-year-old Hashem al-Asmi, adding that the gunmen fled on their motorbike after killing him.

Ansar al-Sharia is the Yemeni branch of Al-Qaeda and is still active in remote parts of the country.

Security officials say at least 33 people have been killed in similar attacks in the past two years. Most of the extrajudicial killings took place in the southern province of Abyan in 2011 when al-Qaida was in control of large swaths of territory.

Although the Yemeni government troops have since recaptured much of the territory with support from U.S. drone strikes, the group still has several active bases in east of the country, often carrying hit-and-run attacks using unlicensed motorbikes.

Ansar al-Sharia imposes a strict version of sharia (Islamic law) on residents who live under their control, executing or lashing citizens they accused of various crimes, including severing the hands of many accused of burglary.

Homosexuality is illegal in Yemen, and it is one of only seven countries to apply a death penalty for consensual sexual acts between adults of the same sex.

Aljazeera Online reported in May 2004 that three journalists had been punished by a Yemeni court for writing an article about homosexuality that included interviews with men jailed for homosexuality (May 15 2004).

The court ruled that the journalists had “violated Yemeni morals and customs.”

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12 more reader comments:

  1. This breaks my heart :(

    Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 2:55pm
  2. Tragic.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 2:56pm
  3. It´s Yemen. They murder people for having pets.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 3:24pm
  4. good lord, all you have to do is be “accused” of being gay and they kill you over there. That´s just really sad. I wonder how many straight guys are going to die just for being “accused” of being gay. Seems like they should need some kind of proof or something. That´s kinda scary.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 5:19pm
  5. over there they are stuck in the old ways they refuse to change

    Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 9:39pm
  6. Absolutely hideous.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 9:40pm
  7. In the majority of Islamic countries,murder of women (honor killing) and gays is legal and yet the media turns a blind eye to it most of the time.I could care less if they claim its their custom.Its still evil and a human rights violation.People have a right to live safe and live how they want no matter what country they hail from.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 9:43pm
  8. Very manly of them aholes!

    Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 9:43pm
  9. That sucks that there is still places like that.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 9:44pm
  10. Al-Qaeda doing what the religious right only wishes they could do. No wonder they hate the Muslims so much.

    Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 9:47pm
  11. Bunch of animals

    Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 9:48pm
  12. Actually, I don´t mean to talk about animals, they are much better than those barbaric asses .

    Posted on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 9:49pm