Woman faces death by stoning for adultery in first case of its kind in a decade

A Sudanese woman, sentenced to death for adultery, is set to be executed by stoning – the first such execution in over a decade.

Maryam Alsyed Tiyrab, who was arrested in Sudan's White Nile state last month, was found guilty of adultery by a court on June 26.

The wife of the man that Tiyrab is accused of having an affair with handed video evidence to police earlier this year, but also asked police not to ask for the death penalty – which is prescribed in cases of adultery under Sharia law.

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However, the woman’s father demanded that the pair be executed and a court found in his favour, Shargh Daily reports.

Tiyrab, 20, has said that she plans to appeal against the sentence given by the courts . Sentences of execution by stoning sentences, which tend to be mostly passed against women, have frequently been overturned in the high court.

The last recorded case of a woman sentenced to stoning for adultery in Sudan was in South Kordofan state in 2013. The sentence was overturned.

The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS), based in Uganda, said the sentence violated domestic and international law and called for Tiyrab’s “immediate and unconditional release”.

The group says Tiyrab was denied legal representation while she was being interrogate day police and was not given a fair trial.

“The application of the death penalty by stoning for the crime of adultery is a grave violation of international law, including the right to life and the prohibition of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” the centre said.

Campaigners fear that Tiyrab’s sentence is a sign that the new military-backed government that took power in Sudan in a coup last October plans to revere the small advances in women’s rights made under the country’s previous administration.

Under Islamic law, Hudud crimes – such as adultery, blasphemy and drinking alcohol – carry penalties that include the amputation of hands and feet, flogging, and death.

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