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Meet Amina Lawal the second Nigerian woman to be sentenced to death

Meet Amina Lawal the second Nigerian woman to be sentenced to death

Meet Amina Lawal the second Nigerian woman to be sentenced to death

Amina Lawal Kurami (born 1972) is a Nigerian woman. On 22 March 2002, an Islamic Sharia court (in Funtua, Nigeria in the northern state of Katsina) sentenced her to death by stoning for adultery and for conceiving a child out of wedlock. The person she identified as the father of the child was not prosecuted for lack of evidence and deemed innocent by the court without any DNA tests.

Lawal's conviction sparked an international controversy. It was overturned by a Sharia Court of Appeals which ruled that it violated Islamic law, and she later remarried.






Lawal was the second Nigerian woman condemned to death by stoning for engaging in sex before marriage. The first woman, Safiya Hussaini, had her sentence overturned in March 2002 on her first appeal. Sharia law was established in northern Nigeria's mostly Muslim state Zamfara in 2000 and has since spread to at least twelve other states.

Source: Wikipedia

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