Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Nigeria: stoning sentence overturned

A 29-year-old woman, who was to be stoned to death, has had her sentence overturned. (She's now six-months pregnant ... sentence would have been carried out after she gave birth.)
The lower court had sentenced her to 100 lashes and death by stoning after she confessed to having unlawful sex [sex outside marriage] with a 35-year-old man, Dauda Sani. She became pregnant but Sani was released for lack of evidence.

The [Islamic court] appeal judge annulled the conviction on the grounds it was incorrect to deliver the two sentences for the crime; the confession was void because it was not made four times; Ibrahim was not given the chance to defend herself; and the investigation was not properly carried out.

[...] Nobody has been lawfully stoned to death for sex offences in Nigeria in the four years since 12 northern states introduced Islamic sharia law. Nine such sentences have been overturned on appeal and a tenth appeal is due to be heard on December 2. (source)