Fair sharia in Nigeria

For a brief period during August/September, the case of Kate Bamidele, a Nigerian asylum-seeker, became something of a media fad.

11th December, 2004

For a brief period during August/September, the case of Kate Bamidele, a Nigerian asylum-seeker, became something of a media fad. Bamidele's application for asylum was turned down and she faced deportation back to Nigeria.

Bamidele's story was unusual and newsworthy in one respect: she claimed that she was in danger of being stoned to death if she were sent home after being convicted by a sharia (Islamic law) court of having children out of...

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