Another Nigerian Woman Faces Sentence of Death by Stoning

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SOKOTO, Nigeria, JAN. 16, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Another woman faces the possibility of death by stoning after having a baby out of wedlock, an attorney says.



The lawyer explained that Aishatu Abubakar, 18, is in prison with her 1-month-old daughter in the northwestern city of Sokoto, capital of the state with the same name. Sokoto state is one of 13 that has adopted Islamic law.

Sokoto already has applied Koranic religious principles in the administration of justice. It staged an execution six months ago and, before that, carried out two hand amputations in public.

Abubakar was accused by her neighbors and now awaits the decision of the Islamic court. Her triall takes place Jan. 21. She has been denied release on bail.

"If it is established officially that she is married, she might be sentenced to stoning for adultery; if she is not, she will be given 100 lashes for fornication," said Abdulkadir Imam Ibrahim said. He said the accused has been divorced for a year.

Ibrahim is also the attorney for Safiya Husaini, 34, who also faces a death sentence by stoning for having had sex outside marriage.