Auschwitz Memorial

 

Highlights

• Auschwitz Memorial boss seeks to serve jail term for Kano boy convicted for blasphemy

• Over 110 people volunteer to take part on the boy’s punishment

LAGOS  – The head of Poland’s Auschwitz Memorial has written to Nigeria’s president offering to serve part of a 10-year jail term handed to a 13-year-old boy for blasphemy. Piotr Cywinski requested a pardon for Omar Farouq, who was accused of making blasphemous statements during an argument and sentenced by a sharia court in Nigeria’s northern Kano state last month.

Auschwitz memorial director seeks clemency for Nigerian boy

If a pardon was not possible, Cywinski said he and 119 other volunteers would take on the boy’s punishment and each spend a month in a Nigerian jail.

As the director of a memorial to a place “where children were imprisoned and murdered, I cannot remain indifferent to this disgraceful sentence for humanity,” he said in the letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, posted on the Memorial’s Twitter account.Two spokesmen for Nigeria’s president declined to comment on the unusual intervention on Saturday.

Presidency has not commented on the sentence that was condemned by rights groups.

The presidency has not commented on the sentence that was condemned by rights groups. The U.N. children’s agency UNICEF last month said the sentence was “wrong” and went against international accords that Nigeria had signed.

A special adviser to the governor of Kano said he had seen the letter on social media.

 

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