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Court challenge puts spotlight on sharia law in Nigeria

Reuters 23 Jun 2022
Kano is one of the foremost states that enforces sharia or Islamic religious law, including the death penalty against blasphemy ... In contrast, Sharif was tried without legal representation because no lawyer in Kano would take up his case, fearing public backlash, said Alapinni, a human rights lawyer from Abuja.
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Nigerian atheist jailed 24 years for blasphemy

Arab News 06 Apr 2022
KANO, Nigeria ... Charges against Mubarak Bala are linked to comments he posted on Facebook in April 2020 that were critical of Islam and which authorities in Kano considered blasphemous and an insult to the religion, his lawyer said.
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Nigerian atheist jailed for blasphemy over Facebook posts

Federal News Radio 06 Apr 2022
Mubarak Bala, an ex-Muslim, was sentenced on Tuesday after pleading guilty to charges of blasphemy, his lawyer told The Associated Press ... He should not have been charged under Kano state law, his lawyer Ibori said, because “he was not in Kano when the offense was allegedly committed.”.
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Nigerian humanist accused of blasphemy gets 24 years over Facebook posts

The Hill 05 Apr 2022
Mubarak Bala, an ex-Muslim, was sentenced on Tuesday after pleading guilty to charges of blasphemy, his lawyer told The Associated Press ... He should not have been charged under Kano state law, his lawyer Ibori said, because “he was not in Kano when the offense was allegedly committed.”.
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Nigerian atheist sentenced to 24 years in 'blasphemy' case

The New Arab 05 Apr 2022
"The court hereby sentences Muhammad Mubarak Bala to 24 years This will take into consideration the time he served awaiting trial," Kano-based judge Faruk Lawan said. His lawyer James Ibor objected to the guilty plea and asked the judge if he could talk to his client, a request that was accepted ... ....
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Nigeria: Nigeria's Kano State Needs Child Protection Law

All Africa 16 Feb 2022
Last week, the Federation of Women Lawyers Kano (FIDA KANO) led a peaceful demonstration through the streets of Kano City, demanding that the long-delayed Child Protection Bill finally becomes law in Kano state ....
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Nigeria’s Kano State Needs Child Protection Law

Human Rights Watch 15 Feb 2022
Last week, the Federation of Women Lawyers Kano (FIDA KANO) led a peaceful demonstration through the streets of Kano City, demanding that the long-delayed Child Protection Bill finally becomes law in Kano state ... Three people have been arrested by Kano police and are awaiting trial.
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Hanifa murder case update: Suspects plead not guilty of Hanifa Abubakar murder

Ghana Web 14 Feb 2022
Di main suspect and two oda accused make dia plea wen dem appear for Kano State High Court on 14 February, 2022 ... Goment lawyers accuse dem of kidnap and murder of di five-year-old Hanifa Abubakar ... Chief prosecution lawyer and attorney general of Kano state Barrister Musa Lawal bin ask court to give dem date in order to present witnesses for di case.
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A year in jail for Nigeria's 'atheist with a cause'

Straits Times 20 Apr 2021
Eventually, she found out he had been taken to a prison in Kano, more than 200km away from where he was detained ... The police in Kano told AFP that Bala was not in their�custody and said the courts were in charge of the case ... The attorney-general of Kano state did not respond to several calls and messages seeking comment on the case.
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Nigerian teen jailed for blasphemy has sentence quashed

CNN 22 Jan 2021
(CNN)A Nigerian teen who was convicted in the northwest of the country of blasphemy has had his sentence overturned, his lawyer said Friday. The appellate division of the Kano State High Court set aside Omar Farouq's sentence on Thursday because he did not have legal representation at his first trial, his counsel Kola Alapinni told CNN.
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Nigerian appeals court throws out sharia convictions after outcry

Business Day 21 Jan 2021
Kano —  A Nigerian court threw out two blasphemy convictions on Thursday that had caused an outcry, freeing a teenager from a 10-year prison sentence and ordering a new trial for a man sentenced to death. The two had been convicted in August by a sharia court in Nigeria's northern, mainly Muslim state of Kano.
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Nigerian appeals court throws out blasphemy convictions that caused outcry

Metro USA 21 Jan 2021
The two had been convicted in August by a sharia court in Nigeria’s northern, mainly Muslim state of Kano ... “Their lives will never be the same again,” said Kola Alapinni, a defence lawyer representing both defendants ... General view of a cross session of court workers facing lawyers during a hearing of a blasphemy case in Kano.
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Nigeria blasphemy: Jailed 13-year-old boy wins Kano appeal

BBC News 21 Jan 2021
He was convicted by an Islamic court in August for making uncomplimentary remarks about God during an argument with a friend in northern Kano state ... The UN children's agency, Unicef, said it "negate[d] all core underlying principles of child rights and child justice that Nigeria - and by implication, Kano state - has signed on to".
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Nigerian court acquits minor on appeal following blasphemy conviction

Metro USA 21 Jan 2021
In August, a sharia court in the northern city of Kano handed Omar Farouq the jail term following accusations that he made blasphemous comments in an argument ... Lawyers for the prosecution declined to comment in response to the rulings ... General view of a cross session of court workers facing lawyers during a hearing of a blasphemy case in Kano.

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