Intisar Sharif Abdalla, Sudanese Woman, Sentenced To Stoning In Sudan

Date: 01-06-2012 6:52 am (11 years ago) | Author: Paddy Hayes
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By Alexander Dziadosz
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir waves to supporters during his speech at the National Congress Party headquarters in Khartoum on April 18, 2012. (ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP/Getty Images)
 
KHARTOUM, May 31 (Reuters) - A Sudanese woman, believed to be around 20, has been sentenced to be stoned to death for adultery, and is being held near Khartoum, shackled in prison with her baby son, rights groups and lawyers said on Thursday.
 
Campaigners condemned the ruling, saying it violated international standards and raised concerns that Sudan might start applying sharia, or Islamic law, more strictly following the secession of mostly non-Muslim South Sudan last year.
 
The woman, Intisar Sharif Abdalla, was sentenced by the Ombada criminal court on April 22, court documents seen by Reuters showed.
 
Two lawyers assigned to her case, who declined to be named, said they were launching an appeal adding Abdalla appeared to be under severe psychological strain.
 
"She's in dire need of a psychiatrist because she appears to be in a state of shock from the social and family pressures she's under," one lawyer said.
 
Abdalla was illiterate and did not have a lawyer or interpreter in the courtroom, although Arabic is not her native language, the lawyers and activists added.
 
Arabic is the main language in the overwhelmingly Muslim nation, though a wide range of smaller languages are also spoken, particularly in tribal areas. It was unclear where Abdalla came from.
 
Officials in Sudan's justice and information ministries said they could not immediately comment on the case when Reuters contacted them by phone.


 
Abdalla's exact age has not been confirmed, but activists said she was believed to be around 20, although some reports indicated she could be younger.
 
"The case certainly raises concerns about how judges are interpreting and applying the laws of Sudan," Jehanne Henry, a senior research at advocacy group Human Rights Watch, said.
 
ISLAMIC LAW
 
Floggings are a common punishment in Sudan for crimes like drinking alcohol and adultery. But sentences of stoning are rare.
 
Following a 1989 coup, Sudan introduced laws that took sharia as their main source and hosted militants including Osama bin Laden.
 
While the government has since sought to improve its image internationally by distancing itself from radical Islamists, it is still one of only a few countries to list death by stoning in its statutes.
 
In 2010, Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir said the country would adopt a fully Islamic constitution following the secession of the south, agreed under a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war.
 
Most people in South Sudan are Christian or follow traditional African beliefs.
 
The Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA), a network of civil society groups, said Abdalla was still in danger despite the appeal.
 
"Although this appeal is in process, Intisar ostensibly remains at risk of being stoned and in real terms, her life is still very much on the line," it said in a statement.
 
In 2010, the case of Lubna Hussein, a Sudanese U.N. official, sparked international furore when she was sentenced to flogging for wearing trousers.
 
Fahima Hashim, a women's rights activist following Abdalla's case, said sentences were often inconsistent in Sudan because the legal system gave authority to judges to decide punishments. Previous stoning sentences had not been carried out, she said.
 
Hashim called for the reform of articles in Sudan's criminal code which she said harm women's rights, including one used in Abdalla's case.
 
As long as this articles remained unchanged, execution by stoning would not be out of the question, she said. "It's a threat. It could happen." (Additional reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz)




Posted: at 1-06-2012 06:52 AM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
- ajanni at 1-06-2012 08:26 AM (11 years ago)
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very serious
Posted: at 1-06-2012 08:26 AM (11 years ago) | Grande Master
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- papaprince at 1-06-2012 10:45 AM (11 years ago)
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Which kind of nonsense is this? so the woman no get right to have sex or what? somebody tell me
Posted: at 1-06-2012 10:45 AM (11 years ago) | Upcoming
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- dizhadah at 1-06-2012 10:47 AM (11 years ago)
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too bad. Angry
Posted: at 1-06-2012 10:47 AM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- mangopi at 1-06-2012 10:47 AM (11 years ago)
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Quote from: papaprince on  1-06-2012 10:45 AM
Which kind of nonsense is this? so the woman no get right to have sex or what? somebody tell me
Blind religion and laws..
Posted: at 1-06-2012 10:47 AM (11 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Princestevo at 1-06-2012 10:52 AM (11 years ago)
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noted Shocked Shocked Shocked
Posted: at 1-06-2012 10:52 AM (11 years ago) | Upcoming
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- fuckinjoe2 at 1-06-2012 11:08 AM (11 years ago)
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useless muhammdeens with stupid and stone age law..............why would you stone a young lady to death because of adultery?  whats the punishment of the he-goat that pregnanted her?          give me a bomb and i will blow all you idiots from the surface of the earth.
     phyuk muhammad,   phyuk islam,  phyuk muhammadeens ,   phyuk koran and  phyuk all psychos that believe in that stupid ideology.

Posted: at 1-06-2012 11:08 AM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- fuckinjoe2 at 1-06-2012 11:12 AM (11 years ago)
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Quote from: ajanni on  1-06-2012 08:26 AM
very serious
sharraaapp there baboon,  you've seen what you caused to this little gurl,  you impregnanted her and ran down here to naija for asylum...........you need to be send back back to the desert where you belong.           turtle-head twerp idiot.

Posted: at 1-06-2012 11:12 AM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- queenrukky at 1-06-2012 11:14 AM (11 years ago)
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may God help her
Posted: at 1-06-2012 11:14 AM (11 years ago) | Hero
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- Idbabe at 1-06-2012 11:16 AM (11 years ago)
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Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Posted: at 1-06-2012 11:16 AM (11 years ago) | Hero
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- pakapa at 1-06-2012 11:16 AM (11 years ago)
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worndarfull
Posted: at 1-06-2012 11:16 AM (11 years ago) | Newbie
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- mallorca at 1-06-2012 11:22 AM (11 years ago)
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such is life

Posted: at 1-06-2012 11:22 AM (11 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- mickky21 at 1-06-2012 11:25 AM (11 years ago)
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Islam is an evil religion. A religion that preaches kill kill kill kill. If they don't pluck eye, they will cut limb, if they don't cut limb, they they will cut arm. IF you miss these ones sorry because na death be that. Evil religion.
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- lovecommander at 1-06-2012 11:31 AM (11 years ago)
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AND THEY SAID THAT THE RELIGION IS FROM GOD. WELL THEY HAVE THERE OWN GOD.
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- Neglito at 1-06-2012 11:36 AM (11 years ago)
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Quote from: ajanni on  1-06-2012 08:26 AM
very serious

GOODLUCK, RELOCATE NOTHERN NIGERIA TO SUDAN.
Posted: at 1-06-2012 11:36 AM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- malvin2525 at 1-06-2012 11:42 AM (11 years ago)
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Too phyuking Bad
Posted: at 1-06-2012 11:42 AM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- uwa190 at 1-06-2012 12:01 PM (11 years ago)
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Ok
Posted: at 1-06-2012 12:01 PM (11 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Solidstonez at 1-06-2012 12:19 PM (11 years ago)
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 Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked

Posted: at 1-06-2012 12:19 PM (11 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Solidstonez at 1-06-2012 12:21 PM (11 years ago)
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Stupid religion and law

Posted: at 1-06-2012 12:21 PM (11 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- verah at 1-06-2012 12:21 PM (11 years ago)
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let he who is witout sin b d first to cast a stone......... this islam religion is nt exposed at all and d followers are jus confused bingos

Posted: at 1-06-2012 12:21 PM (11 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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