Almighty God, where art thou?
By Raffique Shah December 09, 2007 Imagine, if you will, the execution last week of a 20-year-old Iranian whose family was told to “collect the body”, the first they would learn of their son’s sharia-decreed death. The young man’s crime? At age 13 he is alleged to have buggered three boys, an offence that draws the death penalty in most Islamic states. Now, many Trinis, would probably shout by way of approval: Way to go! After all, the savages who stalk our once-peaceful paradise have driven us to the point of exasperation. Their gruesome crimes compel even those among us who are against capital punishment to turn a blind eye to their summary execution, be it at the hands of the police or their foes. But wait. In this case the young man was charged only last year after the alleged victims complained, and a confession was extracted from him. The accusers subsequently withdrew their allegations, the country’s high court ordered a retrial, but the almighty mullahs would have none of these