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Rebel group threatens to try Fijian soldiers under Islamic law

September 5, 2014 8:34 pm

The al-Qaeda linked al-Nusra Front has threatened to try the 45 Fijian peacekeepers they are holding captive under Sharia or Islamic Law, overseas media are reporting.

According to The Times of Israel, the al-Nusra Front has announced that it will put the Fijians on trial under Islamic law as there has been no breakthrough in talks of their demands.

The group had stated three key demands to the UN in return for the release of the Fijians and these are removal of the group from the UN terror list; delivery of humanitarian aid in Damascus and and compensation for the death of some rebel fighters.

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Al-Nusra said the Fijian troops were captured by it as the UN continues to ignore “the daily shedding of Muslims’ blood in Syria” at the hands of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The UN Security Council had condemned the capture “in the strongest terms” and demanded the “immediate and unconditional release” of the observers.

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