The sentencing to death of a Nigerian driver by using Zoom is “inherently cruel and inhumane”, Human Legal rights Check out claims.
The legal rights team was reacting to 1 of Nigeria’s first court docket rulings created working with the video clip chat app for the reason that of the coronavirus pandemic.
Lagos judge Mojisola Dada sentenced Olalekan Hameed to death by hanging for the murder of his employer’s mother.
The hearing lasted pretty much three several hours and was pretty much attended by legal professionals, such as the attorney typical.
They all participated in Monday’s session from unique areas as aspect of attempts to cease the unfold of Covid-19.
It was the very first working day of the easing of lockdown limitations in Lagos, enabling men and women to go back to function – even though all but urgent court docket sittings have been suspended.
The judge was in the Lagos Higher Court docket in Ikeja, Hameed was at Kirikiri Optimum Safety Prison and the lawyers joined from elsewhere.
Hameed had pleaded not guilty to killing 76-year-aged Jolasun Okunsanya in December 2018.
“The sentence of this court docket upon you, Olalekan Hameed, is that you be hanged by the neck until finally you be pronounced useless and may the Lord have mercy upon your soul. This is the digital judgment of the court,” Justice Dada is quoted as saying.
It is not obvious if Hameed will charm in opposition to the sentence.
The BBC’s Celestina Olulode states under Nigerian legislation, state governors ought to approve death sentences in advance of they can be carried out.
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Human Legal rights View informed the BBC the creation of the virtual courtroom throughout the coronavirus outbreak confirmed a commitment to accessing justice.
Having said that, the judiciary was going in the completely wrong route by sentencing a person to dying by hanging, it stated.
“The irreversible punishment is archaic, inherently cruel and inhuman, it need to be abolished,” Human Legal rights Look at stated.
Nigeria has recorded just less than 3,000 coronavirus conditions and approximately 100 deaths.