The UN youngsters’s company Unicef has known as on the Nigerian authorities to urgently assessment an Islamic courtroom’s determination to condemn a 13-year-old boy to 10 years in jail for blasphemy.
The boy was convicted in August of creating uncomplimentary remarks about God throughout an argument with a good friend in northern Kano state.
Kano is certainly one of 12 Nigerian states practising the Sharia authorized system alongside the nation’s secular legal guidelines.
Muslims type the bulk within the north.
The 13-year-old’s sentencing “negates all core underlying rules of kid rights and baby justice that Nigeria – and by implication, Kano state – has signed on to”, mentioned Peter Hawkins, Unicef’s consultant within the West African state.
On 9 September, the boy’s lawyer, Kola Alapinni, mentioned he had filed an enchantment towards the judgement.
“This can be a violation of the African Constitution of the Rights And Welfare of a Baby. A violation of the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he added.
He advised the BBC that no date had been set for the enchantment to be heard in courtroom.
How Nigeria’s Sharia courts work
By Mansur Abubakar, BBC Information, Kano
Twelve states in Nigeria’s Muslim-dominated north function the Sharia system of justice, however solely Muslims may be tried in its courts.
The Sharia system, which additionally has its personal Court docket of Enchantment, handles each civil and felony issues involving Muslims and its judgements can be challenged in Nigeria’s secular Courts of Enchantment and the Supreme Court docket.
The Sharia judges, often known as “alkalis”, are realized in each Islamic and secular legal guidelines.
If a case includes a Muslim and a non-Muslim, the non-Muslim has the choice of selecting the place they need the case to be tried. The Sharia courtroom can solely hear the case if the non-Muslim offers written consent.
Sentences handed down by the courts embody floggings, amputations and the dying penalty.