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Sudan woman faces death by stoning

2012-08-02 09:13

Khartoum - A Sudanese woman accused of adultery has been sentenced to death by stoning and is being held shackled with her six-month-old baby in jail, activists said on Wednesday, in the second such sentence in the past few months in the country.

President Omar al-Bashir said last month that Sudan would adopt a "100%" Islamic constitution, prompting concerns the country would apply Islamic law more strictly after the secession of mostly non-Muslim South Sudan a year ago.

A court in the capital Khartoum sentenced 23-year-old Laila Ibrahim Issa Jamool on 10 July to death by stoning for adultery, said Sudanese human rights activist Fahima Hashim who has been following her and other such cases.

The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA), a women's rights group, said it had assigned lawyers who had appealed against the conviction and sentence. Jamool's husband had accused her of adultery, it said.

"The appeal is understood to take not less than one-and-a-half months before a response can be got from the court of appeal. During all this time, Mrs Jamool will still be shackled in Omdurman [near Khartoum] women's prison together with her six-month [old] child," SIHA said in a statement.

The baby is in poor health it said, without giving further details.

Officials in Sudan's justice and information ministries were not available for comment.

Second case

Amnesty International said the conviction did not meet international legal standards and also violated Sudanese criminal law.

"The stoning sentence was imposed ... after an unfair trial in which she was convicted solely on the basis of her confession and did not have access to a lawyer," Amnesty said in a statement.

In April, a Sudanese court handed out a stoning sentence for adultery against Intisar Sharif Abdalla, who activists said was in her 20s.

She was released on 3 July after her lawyers successfully appealed because she had been denied a lawyer in her trial, according to Amnesty and local activists.

Floggings are a common punishment in Sudan for crimes such as drinking alcohol and adultery. But sentences of stoning are rare.

Following a 1989 coup, Sudan introduced laws that took Islamic law, or sharia, as their main source and the country hosted Islamist militants including Osama bin Laden.

While the government has since sought to improve its image internationally by distancing itself from radical Islamists, it is still one of only a few countries to list death by stoning in its statutes.

In 2010, the case of Lubna Hussein, a Sudanese UN official, sparked international furore when she was sentenced to flogging for wearing trousers. She challenged the sentence in court and was instead fined.

Comments
  • delish7564 - 2012-08-02 09:28

    Appalling!!! No other word for it :(

  • sarah.bouttell - 2012-08-02 10:22

    How plausible would it be, for another country to step in and give her citizenship - then go in and remove her. If we are not able to change the laws in these hell holes, we need to consider ways of working around them.

  • koo.doyle - 2012-08-02 10:24

    Utter savages.

  • Hermann - 2012-08-02 10:33

    As Mohammed said women are second class and should be treated as such. How sad when religion overtakes faith and brings forth fundamentalists.

  • charlesmakgale.radingoane - 2012-08-02 10:55

    what about Man who commited adultery with her. ?

      lynnethbs - 2012-08-02 11:01

      this is disgusting only d woman will be punish!!nxa

      Hermann - 2012-08-02 11:37

      Oh he is male and therefore exempt of all sin! The Imam rules.

  • LanfearM - 2012-08-02 11:38

    This is absolutely unacceptable! Bloody religious nuts! THEY should all be hanged. The religion of Islam is truly the worst abusers of women in this day and age. I won't even go into the fact that often these "adultery" charges are falsely made against the woman, as in the case of Suraya M for example. These guys use their religion to justify their misogynistic, women-hating actions. When will this ever end?!

  • moi.carla.1980 - 2012-08-02 12:02

    Absolutely disgusting! And now an innocent 6 month old baby is being made to suffer, along with this young woman, who for all we know, has done nothing wrong.

  • leanne.zwiegers - 2012-08-02 13:12

    Is there no way to save the baby from this?

  • ostumke - 2012-08-02 13:17

    again guns dont kill people people kill people

  • mnmwale - 2012-08-02 13:22

    The use of religion for political ambition and monetary gain is the biggest injustice politicians are commiting against the naive people of the so-called islamic countries. Gruesome violations of human rights in these countries are worsening by the day that it's high time the civilized world took decisive actions against the perpetrators of these injustistices. Noone must be allowed to use religion to commit murder.

  • salma.b.ayob - 2012-08-02 15:54

    @ HERMANNH - ARE YOU REFERING TO THE PROPHET MOHAMMED? IF YOU ARE THEN YOU GETTING YOUR FACTS FROM THE WRONG RESOURCES. THE PROPHET MOHAMMED MADE NO SUCH STATEMENT. STONING OF WOMEN IS NOT AN ISLAMIC LAW.THERE IS NO MENTION OF THIS IN THE QURAN, WHICH STATES ALL THE ISLAMIC LAWS. ITS A LAW MADE UP BY IMAMS/MUSLIM PRIESTS TO SUIT THEM. MEN DONT FACE THE SAME CONSEQUENCES BECOS ITS THEIR MADE-UP LAW. THIS IS NOT ISLAM

      susanna.smit.7 - 2012-10-19 10:33

      @Salma, that's comforting. Please tell the Sudanese government and let them quickly change their constitution! I may be wrong, but your name seems feminine. Good luck with the Sudanese government. (I would gladly have loaned you my penis, if I had one, to help you state your argument with them.)

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