Amina Lawal Kurami (Nigeria)
Sentenced to death by
stoning, after being charged with having a baby out of wedlock, after divorcing.
Lawal was acquitted.
Lawal Kurami has a story which is very similar to the case of Safiya.
35 and lives in a peasant family, at the village of Kurami, in Katsina State.
is one of the 12 northern states of Nigeria where the majority of
population is islamic and where, from the beginning of 2000, the "sharia-law"
March 22nd 2002 she was sentenced to death by stoning, after being
charged with having a baby out of wedlock, after divorcing. Amina Lawal, as she
said to the Court, divorced at the beginning of 2001. During the following
eleven months she met Yahaya Mohammed, a man living in her village, who promised
to merry her. Then Amina got pregnant and at the beginning of 2002 a baby girl
people of her village, Kurami, reported her to the police and charged her with
the trial, just a few days ago, Amina could not prove that the father of her
daughter was the man who had promised to merry her. As a matter of fact
"The man she said lured her into having sex denied it," as the
official said. She was given 30 days to decide whether to challenge the sentence.
judge Nasiru Lawal Bello Dayi acquitted the man accused by Amina because she
could not produce four witnesses as demanded by the Islamic penal code.
woman now is admitted to bail and is living in her parents' house,
where she's weaning her little daughter Wasila.
On August 19th 2002 her sentence to death by stoning was
unfortunately confirmed and scheduled to January 2004. Her lawyers,
who remain hopeful about her fate, will appeal to the Supreme Court
the meanwhile, the appeal hearing by the 2nd Degree Islamic Court of
Katsina State is set on September, 25th 2003.
appeal to save Amina.
Community of Sant’Egidio invites everyone to sign and send the appeal to save
the life of Amina.
send the following petition to the Nigerian Authorities (using the E-mail of the
President of the Republic [email protected]
or [email protected]
234 9 523 21 36 (indirizzato a His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo,
President of the Republic, The Presidency, Federal Secretariat,
Phase II, Shehu Shagari Way, Abuja (Nigeria).
of Justice, Ministry of Justice,
Federal Secretariat complex Shahu Shagari Way, Abuja (Nigeria).
234 9 523 52 08
Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim,
of Justice and Attorney General,
Federal Secretariat Building, 10th Floor,
Secretariat Block 1, Wing 1-B, Shehu Shagari Way, Abuja (Nigeria).
c/o Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 234 9 523 0394/0210
or by means of the
Embassies of Nigeria in your
country, fax or e-mail
and also c.c. to some Nigerian newpapers:
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APPEAL PRESENTED BY THE COMMUNITY OF SANT’EGIDIO TO SAVE THE LIFE OF AMINA
LAWAL KURAMI, SENTENCED TO DEATH BY
Rock - Abuja
General of Nigeria
General of Katsina State
are writing to express our deep concern over a ruling by the Court in Bakori,
Northern Nigeria, that sentenced Mrs. Lawal Kurami to death by stoning after
finding her guilty of pre-marital sex.
urge you to intervene on her behalf to prevent this cruel and inhuman punishment
from being meted out against her.
implore you to ensure that this cruel and inhuman sentence is not carried out.