» 02/10/2012, 00.00
SAUDI ARABIA – MALAYSIA
Saudi committee calls for “harsh punitive measures” against man who insulted Muhammad
Writer and poet Hamza Kashghari is deemed an infidel and apostate. Malaysian police announce his arrest. Under Sharia, anyone who commits a “sacrilegious action” that may make him or her kafir should be given three days to repent, failing which the person is to be beheaded.
15/01/2016 PALESTINE – SAUDI ARABIA
Ramallah: intellectual stand up for Ashraf Fayadh, sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia
On death row for apostasy, the 35-year-old poet could be beheaded. Next week, a panel of judges is expected to review his case. His works will be read in 42 countries as part of campaign designed to secure his release. Artists and intellectuals speak out on his behalf.
09/02/2012 MALAYSIA-SAUDI ARABIA
"Blasphemous" Saudi Poet arrested in Malaysia and deported to Jeddah. Risks death
Kashgari Hamza, 23, the day before the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed published a comment on Twitter: " I do not like the halos of divinity around you. I shall not pray for you ". Forced to flee; he was arrested in Malaysia, and will be tried at home for blasphemy. He risks the death penalty.
20/04/2012 SAUDI ARABIA
Sri Lanka woman accused of sorcery could be beheaded in Saudi Arabia
She was arrested after a man complained that his daughter started acting strangely during a trip to a shopping centre in Jeddah after they came close to the Sri Lankan. Since September, two people have been put to death for the same reason.
Lina Joy affair sparks apostasy debate among Muslims
Legal experts and Islamic scholars and leaders square off before a large audience in a public debate over the conflict that pits Sharia against civil law in conversion cases. Some believe the issue has not been settled since the Qur’an is silent as to how apostasy should be punished and that what punishment that does exist “is man-made”. Others insist that any dialogue must be preceded by “respect for religion and its experts.”
15/04/2009 SAUDI ARABIA – ISLAM
Blogger convert to Christianity released from Saudi prison
Arrested for openly choosing Jesus, Saudi man is released after some months. He still cannot leave the country or appear in media, but many are surprised by the leniency. Under Sharia apostasy is punished by death.
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