June 24th 2002, an Islamic Court in the Nigerian state of
Bauchi, where the Islamic Law (sharia) is adopted, sentenced to
death by stoning a 35 years old farmer, Yunusa Rafin Chiyawa, for
having sexual relations with one of his friends’ wife.
several updates of the trial, being carried out also with the aim to
persuade Yunusa to review his own confession, he had repeatedly
confirmed his version of the events, saying he had done it just
because of sentimental reasons, not for raping her.
woman he had sexual relations with, Aisha Haruna, 25, could escape
the same punishment after swearing with the Holy Qu’ran, that she
was hypnotized by Yunusa. Temporary madness, indeed, is one of the
few conditions that according to sharia allows someone to
escape the death penalty (the remaining ones are permanent madness
and underage, below 18 years).
Yunusa’s confession, the judge Mohammed Sani Bal could do anything
but sentencing him to death, after trying to persuade the man to
verify again his report of the events, for getting his life spared,
but it was in vain.
appeal to save Yunusa
Community of Sant’Egidio invites everybody to share its appeal
aiming to spare Yunusa from death by stoning.
send the following petition to the Nigerian Authorities (using the E-mail of the
President of the Republic [email protected]
or [email protected]
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 YUNUSA RAFIN CHIYAWA ,
SENTENCED TO DEATH BY STONING
are writing to express our deep concern over a ruling that sentenced to
death by stoning Mr.Yunusa Rafin Chiyawa in the state of Bauchi after
finding him guilty of sexual relations with a married woman.
urge you to intervene on his behalf to prevent this cruel and inhuman
punishment from being meted against him.
implore you to ensure that this cruel and inhuman sentence is not carried