Nigerian sentenced to death for admitting to gay relations
Saturday, July 9, 2005United Nations is decrying a Nigerian court decision to sentence a 50-year-old man to death by after he admitted to having with another man. Reports have not named the individual., an official with the
The incident in question happened after the 50-year-old man was acquitted of charges that he had sexual relations with a much younger man. During further questioning, the judge asked the accused if he ever had sex with any other men.
Upon answering yes, the judge convicted the man of death by stoning.and sentenced him to
Nigeria, the most populous African country, is one of many countries that has started to adopt Sharia, or traditional Islamic law as detailed in the . Since 2000, 12 of Nigeria's northernmost states have adopted Sharia codes for their courtrooms. Under Islamic law, homosexual conduct is a crime punishable by death.
"Sodomy cannot be considered one of the most serious crimes for which, under international law, the death penalty can be prescribed. The punishment is wholly disproportionate," Alston,on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, said in a written statement Friday.
Nigeria's southern states are mostly Christian and do not follow Sharia law.
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