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Yemen Woman at Risk of Execution for Adultry

A Yemeni woman, Layla Radman 'A'esh, was at risk of execution by stoning and Naji Hizam 'Abdullah was at risk of flogging after they were convicted of adultery by the Court of First Instance in Aden.

Naji Hizam 'Abdullah was sentenced to 100 lashes. Layla Radman 'A'esh and Naji Hizam An appeal was made in September 2001 but the Appeal Court in Aden upheld their sentences. Layla Radman 'A'esh's case is now pending before the Supreme Court for a final appeal.

The government of Yemen has a right and responsibility to bring to justice those suspected of criminal offences. However, the death penalty should be unconditionally eliminated in all cases as it is the ultimate violation of the right not to be subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment.

AI INDEX: MDE 31/006/2002 19 December 2002

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