7th century justice alive and well.

BAMAKO (AFP) — Militant Islamists in the north of Mali gave three unmarried couples 100 lashes of the whip each on Thursday in the town of Timbuktu, witnesses told AFP.

“Last week, the Islamist police in Timbuktu arrested three unmarried couples,” one resident said.

“And today, each of the six received 100 lashes of the whip in a public square in Timbuktu,” he added.

“The three unmarried couples were whipped in the small market in Timbuktu, in the town centre,” said a former civil servant who witnessed the punishment.

He said around a hundred people had turned out to watch the punishment, which was carried out under the Islamists’ interpretation of Islamic sharia law.