Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Prosecutors drops murder charges against Kano child-bride

The murder charges against 15-year-old Wasila Tasi'u, the child bride who poisoned and killed her 35-year-old husband, Umar Sani, and four others, was dropped by prosecutors at a high court in Kano today Wednesday May 20th.

Lamido Abba Soron-Dinki, a Prosecutor in the case filed against her, asked the presiding judge at the High Court in Gezawa, Kano state, to 'terminate the case of culpable homicide against Wasila Tasi’u'. "With a heavy heart, I apply that the accused be discharged.” he said

Legal sources in Kano said the court had been under serious pressure from human rights groups and the international community to drop the case since she had been married against her will at age 14.

Prosecutors had been seeking the death penalty for Wasila.

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