HL Deb 12 May 2003 vol 648 cc3-4WA
The Earl of Listowel asked Her Majesty's Government

What representations they have made to the Nigerian Government with regard to the case of Amina Lawal, the mother condemned to be stoned to death for adultery by the Nigerian Supreme Court.[HL2682]

Baroness Amos

Her Majesty's Government oppose the death penalty in all circumstances. We and our EU partners regularly raise our concerns about this case with the appropriate authorities in Nigeria. On 4 September 2002, in a meeting with President Obasanjo, I expressed our concern about the harsh sentences imposed under the Sharia penal codes, emphasising the strength of feeling against them in the UK and reiterating Her Majesty's Government's opposition to the death penalty in all circumstances.

Baroness Cox asked Her Majesty's Government

Whether they will make any representations to the government of Nigeria concerning the reports of the decision to uphold the death sentence for Amina Lawal, condemned for the crime of adultery on 19 August 2002, to be buried up to her neck and stoned to death on 3 June.[HL2689]

Baroness Amos

I refer the noble Baroness to the Answer I give to the noble Earl of Listowel today (HL2682).