Help Save the Life of Amina Lawal, a Muslim Woman in Nigeria Sentenced to be Stoned to Death for a Pregnancy outside of Marriage –Truth! But Resolved!
Summary of eRumor:
You are urged to help appeal to Nigerian authorities to intervene in a death sentence that’s been handed down to a Nigerian woman named Amina Lawal. Her case has been featured on Oprah Winfrey. The woman became pregnant out of wedlock and has been sentenced to be stoned under a strict Muslim law adopted by several Nigerian states.
This story is true but Amina Lawal’s sentence was overturned and she was freed to live her life and rear her child.and Oprah Winfrey has rallied to her aid.
Amina Lawal was at the time of the trial a 30-year-old divorced woman who was said to have confessed to conceiving a child while single. She was sentenced to death by stoning in March, 2002 in Katsina state under a new law that considers pregnancy outside of marriage as grounds for being convicted of adultery. According to Amnesty International, she had no lawyer during the trial that resulted in her conviction and sentencing. With the help of attorneys from human rights organizations her case was appealed. One appeal in August, 2002, upheld her sentence. The alleged father of the child denied having had sex with her and was released. Aminal Lawal gave birth to her child and her sentence was supposed to be carried out once the baby was weaned.
On September 25, 2003, the judges at the Katsina Sharia Court of appeals gave the decision that freed her saying she had not been caught in the act and had not been given proper opportunity to defend herself.
Last updated 11/7/06