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TWO WOMEN TO APPEAL DEATH BY STONING

A court in northern Nigeria has sentenced two women to death by stoning for allegedly committing adultery, and both will appeal the sentences, a human rights group said Friday.

The death sentences, passed down in Nigeria's Bauchi state in September and early October, are the first in more than a year in the mainly Muslim north, where 12 states have introduced the controversial Islamic Shariah criminal codes since 1999.

Hajara Ibrahim, 18, was sentenced Oct. 5. She is expected to appeal the ruling on Monday, said Bunmi Dipo-Salami of Baobab, a group of human rights lawyers that is funding lawyers for her defense.

The other woman, Daso Adamu, 25, was sentenced on Sept. 15. She is appealing on the basis that the sentence was "unfair and unjust," a Baobab official said.

No one has been stoned to death under Shariah in Nigeria.

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