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Title:The evolution of blood-money for homicide in Somalia
Author:Contini, P.
Year:1971
Periodical:Journal of African Law
Volume:15
Issue:1
Pages:77-84
Language:English
Geographic term:Somalia
Subjects:homicide
compensation
Abstract:When a member of a tribal group in traditional Somali society was killed by a member of another clan, the injured clan would take retaliatory action against the killer's clan, unless appropriate satisfaction was obtained. The more common means to fend off reprisals was, and still is, for the offender's group to pay blood-money (dia) to the group of the deceased as ransom in lieu of the life of the offender. This paper examines the evolution of the concept of 'dia' for homicide in the recent history. Parts: 1. Blood-money for homicide under customary law - 2. The impact of Western law - 3. The impact of independence. Notes. Résumé en français.
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