Nigerian Woman Faces Stoning for Out-of-Wedlock Birth

ROME, MAY 29, 2002 ( Yet another woman in Nigeria faces death by stoning for having had a child out of wedlock.

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The court of Bakori, in the northern state of Katsina, postponed until June 3 the announcement of a decision on Amina Lawal. The 30-year-old appealed the death sentence which was applied under Islamic law, the Misna agency reported. A dozen states in Nigeria follow Islamic law.

Attorneys for the woman, a native of the village of Kurami, said they do not regard the appeals court´s delay favorably.

A Katsina court on March 22 sentenced divorcee Lawal to stoning after she gave birth to a daughter. A man accused in the case has denied being the baby´s father.

Lawal´s case came to the public´s attention on the same day that the nightmare of another Nigerian woman, Safyia Husseini Tungar Tudu, ended. The latter also faced stoning in a similar case, but she was acquitted by the appeals court after a worldwide outcry.

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