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Islamic Courts Announce First Regional Administration


Senior Islamic Courts leaders have officially announced today one Islamic Court that unifies all Islamic Courts in Somalia. This central Islamic Court was dubbed the "The Islamic Courts of acting the 'Shara'eh law' of Banadir region".

All Islamic Courts in Somalia will come under the central administration that was formed on Thursday at the convention hole in former presidential palace in the capital Mogadishu.

Senior members of Islamists, including the two top leaders Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys and Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, have been present at Villa Somalia where the Islamic Courts reformation took place.

In the reforming process, Sheik Sharif, the leader of Islamic Courts Executive Council and Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys, the supreme leader of Islamic Courts Consultative Council have pronounced four main Courts in their speeches:

1. The Court assigned for returning forcefully taken properties, consisting of 11 persons headed by Dr. Omar Abdalla.

2. The Court of judiciary, consisting of 12 persons led by Abdirahman Hassan Omar.

3. The Court of Banadir region consisting of 12 persons led by Dr. Hussein Abdi elmi.

4. The Court of Bandir regional districts with 21 police stations, consisting of 64 judges

Sheik Hassan Osman Ahmed (Sheik Mahdi), the leader of Islamic Courts executive council judiciary office, has announced the formations of allthese courts.

Sheik Mahdi told reporters that the four courts are composing of 110 members of Islamists; and that three of these courts would initiate functioning on Saturday, reiterating that the court assigned for returning vehemently taken properties would be the first one on duty.

"We will soon form another regional administration for Lower Shabelle region (southern Somalia) and Middle Shabelle region (north Somalia)", Sheik Mahdi said.

This is the first time Mogadishu's Banadir region had obtained an efficient administration since the fall of former central effective government led by late president Mohammed Siyad Barre.

Islamic Courts have been expanding their powers speedily since coming to power on early June this year.

They seized all southern and central Somalia.

Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys, the Islamic Courts consultative council leader, spoke at the convention urging people to embrace the Islamic rule. "The formation of these courts today will alleviate all security and judiciary problems. I call on the Somali population to assist and collaborate with Islamic courts security forces", said Sheik Aweys, inciting people to receive the acting of Islamic law.

The leader of Islamic Courts executive council Sheik Sharif said the formation of the judiciary courts would fling the injustices in the country out, calling on the breakaway region of Somaliland to release the Sheik Mohammed Isma'il, a religious man incarcerated by authorities in Somaliland.

Sharif condemned Ethiopia for intervening Somalia militarily. "Ethiopian troops are definitely in the country aggressively", said Sheik Sharif.

Somalia had no effective national government since the former government was overthrown in 1991.

US government reinforces Somalia-Kenya border patrol

Nairobi- The government of the United States is providing military support to Kenya to help the East African country defend itself against "insecurity and terrorism" brought on by Islamic militants in neighbouring Somalia, a statement by the US embassy in Kenya said Thursday. Kenya stepped up border protection in recent days as Somali Islamists continued to take towns - including the key port town Kismayo - closer to their shared border. Kismayo lies about 150 kilometres from the border.

The US will give Kenya six patrol boats as well as equipment, supplies and training valued at 3 million dollars.

"This is particularly important in view of the deteriorating situation within Somalia, about which the Kenyan and US governments share similar concerns," the statement said.

The spiritual leader of Somalia's Islamists, Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, is on a US and UN list of individuals suspected of having ties to the al-Qaeda terrorist network.

Somalia's Islamists captured the capital Mogadishu from US-backed warlords in June and now control a significant part of the country. The internationally-backed transitional government controls only a small area and sits in Baidoa, a provincial capital.

Ethnic Somalis make up a significant part of the Kenyan side of the border and tend to identify with Somalia.

The US embassy will present the boats in the country's largest port Mombasa on Friday.

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