Supreme Court, on Monday, overturned a sentence of death by stoning meted out to a woman from Lh. Naifaru magistrate court, for indulging in extramarital sex.
In the verdict on Monday, Supreme Court stated that the trial and sentence issued by Naifaru magistrate court was in violation of Article 27 of the Act on Sex Crimes referenced by the Prosecutor General’s Office in the charge against the woman.
Rajm or death by stoning is a punishment given to those convicted of committing adultery while married; whereby the conviction is established upon the confession of the accused or the testimony of witnesses under Islamic Sharia.
GA. Gemanafushi magistrate court had also issued a death by stoning sentence three years ago. However, that ruling had also been overruled by Supreme Court stating it violated the law.
Although such death sentences have been meted out in the country, it had not been implemented in a long time.