Sudan: Woman sentenced to death by stoning

On 8th December 2001, Abok Alfa Akok a Christian woman of 18 years of age from the Dinka tribe, was sentenced by the criminal court in Nyala City, Southern Darfur, to execution by stoning for the crime of adultery.
The Sudanese Victims of Torture Group (SVTG), confirms that the case has been sent back to the lower court for new sentencing. The court of appeal ruled at the end of last month that the lower court should give the defendant a "rebuke" sentence, not capital punishment. Abok Alfa Akok, appealed on 3 January 2002. She is reportedly still in prison in Nyala. The Sudanese Ambassador to the US, Khidir Ahmed, on Thursday 7 February 2002 informed Human Rights Watch that the appellate court has rejected the sentence on Abok and sent the case back to the trial court.
The Sudanese Government has in the past claimed that its Sharia laws would not be applied to Christians but this case shows otherwise. The sentence was based on Article 146 of the Sudan's 1991 Penal Code, which is based upon the government's interpretation of Shari'a (Islamic law), and which states that whoever commits the offence of adultery shall be punished with: 1. Execution by stoning when the offender is married (muhsan). 2. One hundred lashes when the offender is not married (non-muhsan). 3. Male, non-married offenders may be punished, in addition to whipping, with expatriation for one year. Her lawyer stated she did not receive a fair trial and an appeal has been submitted against the sentence.
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