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July 15, 2012 (KHARTOUM) — A Sudanese court in Khartoum state sentenced a 23 year old woman to death by stoning for adultery, a human rights group, the African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies, has reported(ACJPS).

Sudan is one of few countries that implements death by stoning as a punishment. Rights groups condemn this cruel method of execution because it is designed to torture the victim and increase their suffering.

On 10 July 2012, Judge Imad Shamoun of Al-Nasir Criminal Court in Khartoum sentenced a 23 year old woman to death by stoning for adultery (Zina) under Article 146 of the Sudanese Penal Code 1991, ACJPS said in a press statement.

The young woman, Ms. L.I.E, who did not have any legal assistance, pleaded guilty to the charge of adultery. International human rights law prohibits death sentences resulting from unfair trial.

L.I.E is a Misseiya woman residing in the Alizba area in Khartoum North. She is shackled by the legs and detained in an individual cell "giving rise to serious concerns about her welfare," the group stressed.

Last April a woman called Intisar Sharif Abdalla was sentenced to death by stoning by the Ombada court, in Khartoum state, for adultery.

Women’s rights activists are outraged by the repetition of sentences of death by stoning against women and urged the court to overturn the sentence like the previous cases.

Fahima Hashim, a women’s rights activist, who followed Abdalla’s case, said sentences were often inconsistent in Sudan because the legal system gives judges the authority to decide punishments.

She called for the reform of articles in Sudan’s criminal code, which she said harm women’s rights, including the death by stoning.

The ACJPS urged the Sudanese government to overturn the sentence of death by stoning, which was applied in violation of both domestic and international law, and guarantee L.I.E’s immediate and unconditional release.

"Under Article 135(3) of the Sudanese Criminal Procedure Code 1991, a defendant is entitled to legal representation in any criminal case that carries a punishment of 10 years or more imprisonment, amputation or death," the group said.

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  • 16 July 2012 06:07, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    That’s right for sharia law to rulout the ladies adultery activities. I supported.

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  • 16 July 2012 06:21, by Mr Equal

    I think this artical 146 under cod 1991 is base on Quran Alkreem. So in this case; Quran Alkreem need to be rewritten again otherwis the sentening will not stop.the jug sentence the woman acording the book (Quran Alkreem).Sudanese need to take book back to Sudi Alrbia were it was written so the can look at it again.

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  • 16 July 2012 06:35, by Akol Liai Mager

    To be honest, Islamic Shari’a will not be inserted in South Sudan’s Constitution nor would practising it by its belivers be effective. This is not because Muslims are going to be denied rights, but because Islam does not develop in a peaceful kind of environment without militias or government backing.

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    • 16 July 2012 07:04, by Madina Tonj

      Akol Mager

      I don’t hide when it come to South Sudan nation, I will started within Tonj telling them to get their original names if not then, I am not afraid to fight them. People don’t understand this Islam by Mohammed was started violence and this is the concept which still in Arabs minds. Mohammmed took the widows of his army and turned them wives is that not a crime?

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  • 16 July 2012 09:06, by mohamed mahgoub

    Again I would say This is not sharia cos this woman to de covicted of adultery or zina there should be four witnesses beside her confession! And why women who go to court for this what about men ! That why we don’t want this type of sharia law.

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    • 16 July 2012 10:09, by Akol Liai Mager

      Mohamed, you should be in a place of Sheikh El-Gharzawe who always make a lot of noise at Al-Jazeera’s TV without clear purpose.

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      • 18 July 2012 04:30, by mohamed mahgoub

        Akol Im not pro sharia (atheist) I just to show this is anything but shaaria ,this law they only apply to women and non arabs

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    • 16 July 2012 17:51, by zulu

      I have said all along that this religion is worst than african traditional religions. Islam is a cult. whether somebody fucks another, like beshir is being fucked and is publically known is a fagot, married, and no one condenms him. so, morality in this sense is a sexual act that is personal. and sudan cannot become UNHC

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