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Controversial convictions spark Nigerian debate over sharia law

Two high profile blasphemy convictions at an Islamic court in northern Nigeria have sparked a debate about the role of sharia law in the country after prompting a global outcry. In August, a 13-year-old boy received a 10-year prison sentence and a man was sentenced to death in the northern state of Kano, which runs sharia courts alongside civil courts. Twelve of Nigeria's 36 states apply sharia law.

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