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Nigeria Sharia Appeal - 2002-03-18


An appeals hearing was held today in Nigeria's Sokoto State in the case of a woman convicted of adultery by an Islamic court. Safiya Husseini has been sentenced to die by stoning. The court found the 35-year-old woman guilty of adultery last October after she gave birth to a child out of wedlock. She denied the charge and later appealed. This is the first such sentence for a woman since twelve northern states began re-introducing Islamic law over the past two years. The case has made headlines in Nigeria and around the world. Josephine Kamara spoke with VOA'S Hausa Service reporter Sani Abubakar Tsaife about today's hearing. He says the chief judge of Sokoto State, who presided over the case, has adjourned the case till Monday, March 25th, when a verdict will be handed down.

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