John M. Becker

'Thousands' of Nigerians Demand Stoning of Gay Men

Filed By John M. Becker | January 22, 2014 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Africa, criminalization, criminalize homosexuality, death penalty, executions of gay people, Goodluck Jonathan, Jail the Gays Bill, Nigeria, Sharia law, stoning

bauchi-nigeria-sharia-law.jpgThe news out of Nigeria is literally getting worse by the day. From the Associated Press:

Thousands of protesters threw stones into the Shariah court in a north Nigerian city Wednesday, urging the speedy convictions and executions of 11 men arrested for belonging to gay organizations. Security officials fired into the air to disperse protesters in Bauchi city so the accused men could be safely returned to the prison. Judge El-Yakubu Aliyu closed the court abruptly.

"No one can be sentenced to death until confirmed without a reasonable doubt," Aliyu said in response to calls for the men's execution.

The court was arraigning seven of 11 accused men on Wednesday. Only three had given testimony when the mayhem began.

This is the same Sharia court that convicted a man of homosexuality last week. The "lenient" judge sentenced him to pay a fine and a public whipping of 20 lashes. The man reportedly screamed in pain as he was lashed.

As we reported last week here at The Bilerico Project, Bauchi state is one of a handful of north Nigerian states where Sharia (Islamic) law runs alongside civil law. Under Sharia law, sodomy is punishable by death.

In cases where a death sentence is ordered, Islamic law stipulates that the judge can decide whether it should be carried out by a public stoning or by lethal injection.

h/t: Joe Jervis.
Image via LGBTQ Nation.

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