Thursday, October 14, 2004

Acquitted for lack of evidence

Excuse me, acquitted for lack of evidence?
October 13, 2004

NIGERIA

2 women get death for sex out of wedlock

BAUCHI -- Islamic courts in Nigeria sentenced two women to death by stoning for having sex out of wedlock, but two men whom they said they slept with were acquitted for lack of evidence, authorities said yesterday. Both sentences were passed within the last month in the northern state of Bauchi. Nobody has been lawfully stoned to death in Nigeria since 12 northern states introduced Islamic Sharia law in 2000, because all such sentences have been overturned on appeal. Hajara Ibrahim, a 29-year-old woman, was sentenced on Oct. 5 by an Islamic Sharia court in the Tafawa Balewa area of the state, having confessed to having sex with 35-year-old Dauda Sani and becoming pregnant, the court said in a statement. The second woman, 26-year-old Daso Adamu, was sentenced to death by stoning on September 15 by a Sharia court in Ningi area of Bauchi state, said Judge Ahmed Musa Wurojamel. (Reuters)

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