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Nigerian faces death by stoning after rape conviction

An Islamic court in Nigeria sentenced a man to death by stoning after his conviction for rape and transmission of HIV.
By Ed Adamczyk   |   April 24, 2014 at 12:30 PM   |   Comments

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KANO , Nigeria, April 24 (UPI) -- A Nigerian man was sentenced to death by stoning after his conviction by an Islamic court in the city of Kano for raping a girl, 10, and infecting her with HIV.

Shopkeeper Ubale Sa’idu Dotsa, 63, testified Wednesday he was instructed by the devil to commit the crime, and was unaware he was infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. He argued the girl attempted to seduce him by regularly visiting his store.

In testimony, Magistrate Faruk Ahmed rejected Dotsa’s plea for mercy, noting Dotsa is a married man who committed adultery.

Similar sentences have occasionally been handed down in Nigeria’s Islamic courts, but have never been enforced. Past sentences have typically been commuted to life imprisonment.

A lengthy appeal process is also available to the convicted man. Kano Commissioner of Justice Maliki Kuliya said Dotsa is eligible to appeal to several higher courts, including Nigeria’s Supreme Court.

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