MALDIVES: NAIFARU COURT SENTENCES WOMAN IN ABSENTIA TO DEATH BY STONING
January 8, 2019:
Naifaru magistrate court has sentenced a 25-year-old woman from Naifaru island to death by stoning, after she confessed to having extramarital sex, RaajjeMV reported on 7 January 2019. (Sources: raajje.mv, 07/01/2019)
Magistrate Judge Mohamed Moosa passed the sentence in absentia solely based on her confession; that she had committed 'fornication' and had once before been married.
The case was reported to the police in May of last year by the health center after they delivered the woman’s child, believed to have been conceived in the ‘unlawful sexual act’, the sentence says.
The sentence makes no mention of the child's father, although RaajjeMV understands that he is native to an island in the same atoll and the family has 'no way to contact' him.