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Court Sentences Poet to Death for Apostasy

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A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced a Palestinian poet to death for apostasy, abandoning his Muslim faith.

Ashraf Fayadh, Image via news.artnet.com
Ashraf Fayadh, Image via news.artnet.com

What the real scenario is?

Ashraf Fayadh, a Palestinian poet was detained by the Saudi police in 2013 and then rearrested and tried in early 2014. The verdict of that court sentenced him to four years in prison and 800 lashes but after appeal another judge passed a death sentence.

image via alarabiya.net
image via alarabiya.net

Saudi Arabia’s justice system is based on Sharia Islamic law and its judges are clerics from the kingdom’s ultra conservative Wahhabi school of Sunni Islam. In the Wahhabi interpretation of Sharia, religious crimes, including blasphemy and apostasy incur the death penalty.
Saudi judges have extensive scope to impose sentences according to their own interpretation of Sharia law without reference to any previous cases.

(With some inputs from reuters.com)