Re: [azsecularhumanists] lady lucks out and doesnt have to obey old testement law
- Being stoned to death is at least more humane than dying of AIDS, and
that is the fate of many whose spouses are in adulterous relationships.
I would argue for the firing squad, lethal injection, or some more humane
way of killing her, but when tens of millions of Africans are dying of
AIDS, this kind of strict discipline is needed.
>wow this lady lucked out when her
>religious leaders didnt make her
>obey the old testement law that
>christians, jews, and moslims
>have that requires people guilty
>of adultry to be stoned to death.
>what compassionate loving things
>beleiving in religion makes people
>do. just makes me want to go back
>to being catholic.
>Single mother won't be stoned to death
>AP file photo
>Amina Lawal, seen here with her her child
>Wasila, and offered asylum from Brazil over the
>Sept. 25, 2003 06:40 AM
>KATSINA, Nigeria - An Islamic appeals court
>Thursday overturned the conviction of a Nigerian
>woman sentenced to death by stoning for
>committing adultery, a case that sharpened the
>divide between Muslims and Christians in
>Africa's most-populous country.
>Amina Lawal would have been the first woman
>stoned to death since 12 northern states began
>adopting strict Islamic law, or Shariah, in
>1999. Four of five judges on the court voted to
>throw out the case, citing procedural errors in
>Wrapped in a light orange veil, her eyes
>downcast, Lawal cradled her nearly 2-year-old
>daughter as the court announced its decision.
>Police and lawyers hustled her away afterward.
>"It's a victory for law. It's a victory for
>justice," said defense attorney Hauwa
>Ibrahim. "And it's a victory for what we stand
>for - dignity and fundamental human rights."
>An Islamic court first convicted Lawal, 32, in
>March 2002 after the birth of her daughter two
>years after she divorced her husband. Judges
>rejected Lawal's first appeal five months later.
>Prosecutors, who argued Lawal's child was living
>proof she committed adultery, said they were
>satisfied with the verdict but had 30 days to
>The verdict drew international condemnation. The
>government of President Olusegun Obasanjo called
>for Lawal's life to be spared, and Brazil
>offered her asylum.
>The Islamic appeals panel ruled the conviction
>couldn't stand because Lawal wasn't given enough
>time to understand the charges against her; only
>one judge, instead of the required three,
>presided at her trial; and she was not caught in
>the act of sex out of wedlock.
>In the sole dissenting opinion, Judge Sule Sada
>said Lawal had confessed to the crime and the
>conviction should stand. But the defense had
>argued that the court should reject Lawal's
>confession because no lawyers were present when
>she made it.
>The introduction of strict Islamic law in a
>dozen northern states has triggered deadly
>clashes between Christians and Muslims. Five
>people, including Lawal, have been sentenced to
>death by stoning. Three have had their
>"We think the death penalty for adultery is
>contrary to the Nigerian constitution," said
>Francois Cantier, a lawyer with French group
>Avocats Sans Frontieres, or Lawyers Without
>Borders, who was advising the defense. "We think
>that death by stoning is contrary to
>international treaties against torture which
>Nigeria has ratified. We think that death by
>stoning is degrading human treatment."
>Also under Shariah, one man has been hanged for
>killing a woman and her two children and Muslim
>authorities have amputated the hands of three
>people for stealing.
>Many Muslims in the predominantly Islamic north
>have welcomed Shariah, saying it's a key part of
>their religion and discourages crime.
>Lead defense lawyer Aliyu Musa Yawuri said
>Lawal - a poor, uneducated woman from a rural
>family - didn't understand the charges against
>her at the time.
>Lawal has identified her alleged sexual partner,
>Yahaya Mohammed, and said he promised to marry
>her. Mohammed, who would also have faced death
>by stoning denied any wrongdoing and was
>acquitted for lack of evidence.
>Lawal is the second Nigerian woman to be
>condemned to death for having sex out of wedlock
>under Islamic law. The first, Safiya Hussaini,
>had her sentence overturned on appeal in March -
>the same time that Lawal was convicted.
>When the government fears the people,
>that is LIBERTY. When people fear the
>government, that is TYRANNY.
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