Many of you will vaguely remember the story of Amina Lawal, the Nigerian woman who was found guilty of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning. Some of you may have read one of the well meaning but erroneous chain-mail messages referring to her execution as scheduled on June 3rd this year, and a petition on a Portugese language Amnesty website.
Well like me, many of you will be surprised to learn that Amana’s situation is still ongoing. For the latest from Amnesty, click here.
In summary contrary to the wording of the chain letter, Amina’s stoning was not set for June: that was the date of her appeal. The latest news is that the appeal has been postponed to a week next Wednesday, 27th August, and any email you receive with an execution dated before then is false and has not come from Amnesty.