Nigerian Can Care for Baby as She Awaits Ruling on Death Sentence

LAGOS, Nigeria, JUNE 3, 2002 ( A Nigerian woman condemned to stoning for adultery will remain free to look after her daughter until January 2004, the Court of Appeal ruled.

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The court will pass a final sentence this July on Amina Lawal, 30.

An Islamic court had sentenced Lawal to death after she admitted becoming pregnant after her divorce. The sentence has been loudly criticized by the international community.

The judge on the Supreme Court of Islamic law of Funtua, in the northern state of Katsina, approved the defense lawyers´ request that Lawal be allowed to return to her village to look after her baby, who was born last November.

The court also ordered the woman´s family members to ensure that she return in July for the verdict on her appeal of the death sentence.

Islamic law has been in force for two years in 12 of the region´s 18 states.

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