The defendants, who did not have legal counsel, were found guilty of sodomy and condemned by the Islamic court.
Three homosexual men were condemned to death by stoning by a Sharia Court in Bauchi. The defendants, who did not have legal counsel, were found guilty of sodomy and condemned by the Islamic court.
In a nation where the population is evenly divided between Islamic and Christian religions, twelve states in northern Nigeria adhere to the Islamic legal system. Convicted LGBT persons face up to 14 years in prison under secular federal law.
Gay persons are sentenced to death under Sharia law. According to the BBC, the condemned individuals in the Bauchi Sharia court are two juveniles and a septuagenarian. The television station learned from a court official that the defendants were not represented by a lawyer throughout the trial. Their lack of legal counsel had little effect on the case, which quickly ended on June 29 with the accused receiving a death sentence.
According to Adamu Dan Kafi, Hisbah Commander of Ningi Local Government Area, the guys were arrested in May after tricking some youngsters with palms and coconuts. Hisbah is Nigeria’s Sharia law enforcement officer.