Nigeria: Delay in trial of Amina Lawal

An appeal, due to begin in northern Nigeria for Amina Lawal, a Muslim woman convicted of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning, has been postponed because the judges failed to turn up.
The BBC reports that Amina's appeal has now been delayed until after next month's elections. Although no reason was given for the failure of the judges to turn up, the clear inference being made is that the decision was political. That is because the holding of such a case during election campaigning could have inflamed tensions, never far from the surface, between Muslims and Christians.