Mal­dives saves woman

Lesotho Times - - International -

MAL­DIVES — The Mal­dives’ top court has over­turned a sen­tence of death by ston­ing is­sued to a woman found guilty of adul­tery, lo­cal me­dia re­port.

The woman, who re­port­edly gave birth out of wed­lock, was con­victed by a mag­is­trate’s court on Sun­day.

How­ever, the Supreme Court quashed the sen­tence late on Sun­day, say­ing the rul­ing had vi­o­lated le­gal pro­ce­dures.

The is­land na­tion has pre­vi­ously is­sued flog­ging sen­tences to those con­victed of ex­tra­mar­i­tal sex.

Sun­day’s ini­tial sen­tence had sparked out­rage on so­cial me­dia and was crit­i­cised by rights groups.

The sen­tence to death by ston­ing was un­prece­dented in the coun­try, which is known as a lux­ury tourist des­ti­na­tion, the BBC’S South Asia editor Charles Hav­i­land re­ports.

In 2013, the case of a 15-year-old girl sen­tenced to 100 lashes af­ter be­ing found guilty of pre­mar­i­tal sex prompted global con­cern. The High Court later over­turned the ver­dict, say­ing she had been wrongly con­victed.

Ex­tra­mar­i­tal sex is il­le­gal in the Mal­dives, al­though the ban does not ap­ply to tourists. — BBC

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