Mother with new born baby sentenced to death by stoning in Sudan

Published On: Monday, November 19, 2012  12:43 PM
By: Debbie Gross
Today only Islamic countries still have a death by stoning punishment
A young mother accused of adultery has been imprisoned with her newborn and sentenced to death by stoning after confessing to the charges following torture and without a lawyer or translator.

The plight of Sharif Abdallah was gaining the attention of the West today, such as Sudan human rights advocates who criticized this as a "failure of the justice system." Abdullah, believed to be between 16 and 20 years old, was arrested along with her four-month-old baby near the Sudanese capital Khartoum, the press reported.

Abdallah was convicted in one quick session in the criminal court in Omdurman Ombada on May 13 of charges of adultery under Article 146 of Sudan's penal code. Abdallah is chained to the legs and in deep psychological distress and does not understand the nature of the charges because she cannot speak the Arabic language.

Reports say Abdallah suffered beatings by her brother, after which she admitted to adultery charges, it was reported. Abdallah and her three children were cared for by their extended family, which are making an appeal in Ombada. Her marital status was unclear and it was not reported with who she was accused of committing adultery.

According to reports, an unspecified man, was arrested with her, but then released. "The case is emblematic of the failure of the Sudanese legal system," said Jean-Baptiste Gallopin branch of
Amnesty International in Sudan. "She was sentenced solely on the basis of testimony given under duress.

We call on the Sudanese authorities to stop, cancel the stoning sentence and release her immediately and unconditionally. "Sudan is one of the seven countries with death by stoning sentences.
President Omar Hassan al Bashir, who began to introduce elements of Sharia law in 1989 after coming to power through a coup backed by Islamists, is to adopt a fully Islamic constitution now that the south Sudan has separated.