Ruling Postponed in Nigerian Stoning Case

LAGOS, Nigeria, AUG. 28, 2003 ( A court in northern Nigeria said it would issue a judgment next month in the appeal of a woman sentenced to death by stoning for having a child out of wedlock.

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The Islamic appeals court of Katsina made its decision on Wednesday. This was the second time the Islamic court postponed the appeal of Amina Lawal, 31.

Aminu Ibrahim, top Muslim authority of the state of Katsina, said: “It is right that Amina know her fate.” However, after a daylong hearing, the ruling was postponed.

Defense lawyers contend that procedural errors were made in applying the Shariah, Islamic law, in the case.

No death sentences have actually been carried out since the introduction of the Shariah in 12 of the predominantly Muslim northern states of Nigeria.

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