In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 14th, September, 2020

Falana Drags Kano Authorities To African Fee Over Loss of life Sentence On Musician For Blasphemy

Falana Drags Kano Government To African Commission Over Death Sentence On Musician For Blasphemy

Falana

Femi Falana

Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, has petitioned the African Fee on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul, The Gambia, over the choice of an Higher Sharia Court docket in Kano State sentencing a musician, Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, to demise for blaspheming Prophet Mohammed.

Within the petition dated eighth September 2020, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria requested the fee to train its mandates and authority below the African Constitution on Human and Peoples’ Rights and pursuant to the fee’s order 100(1) Guidelines of Process, 2020.

Falana insisted that Nigeria has intentionally and willfully disregarded the request by the African Fee to the impact that African international locations, together with Nigeria that also retain the demise penalty, ought to absolutely adjust to their obligations below the African Constitution on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and assure each individual accused of capital punishment truthful trial.

The petition learn;

“I’m writing to you on behalf of Sharif Yahya Sharif to ask the Fee to contemplate this request for provisional measures. The request is submitted along with our communication on behalf of Sharif Yahya Sharif convicted and sentenced to demise for blasphemy in Kano State of Nigeria.

“When the petitioner knowledgeable the Court docket that he couldn’t afford and safe the companies of a lawyer to defend him, the Court docket ordered the Authorized Support Council to assign him a lawyer in order that the petitioner might take pleasure in entry to authorized illustration.

“Nevertheless, the order was disobeyed by the Authorized Support Council. The Authorized Support Council is the physique established by legislation to offer authorized assist to indigent residents particularly in instances involving demise penalty.

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“An enchantment on the Kano State Excessive Court docket towards the conviction and demise sentence imposed on the petitioner has been filed, however we submit that the petitioner is not going to take pleasure in a good listening to, as he continues to face imminent execution by hanging.

“Nigeria is a state social gathering to the African Constitution on Human and Peoples’ Rights however there’s a rising crackdown on human rights together with the rights to freedom of expression, peaceable meeting, and assault on the rule of legislation.”

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