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Court sets aside death sentence on Kano singer, ordered for retrial



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The appeal division of the Kano State High Court has set aside the death sentence imposed on Yahya Sharif Aminu, a Kano-based singer, convicted for blasphemy.

The Cable reports that the court in its judgment ordered for retrial of the case against Sharif.

According to the State Chief Judge, Nuraddeen Sagir, the trial was full of irregularities as the appellant was not given legal representation.

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The judge ordered that the case be re-tried at the same court and that the appellant should be granted full legal representation.

On August 10, 2020, we reported that a Shariah court in Kano had sentenced the musician to death after he was found guilty of committing blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad in a song.

However, Aminu’s lawyers filed an appeals at the state appeal court days after the court pronouncement.

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