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Saudi rights activist faces apostasy charge
AFP ^ | Dec. 17, 2012

Posted on 12/17/2012 3:14:26 PM PST by george76

A Saudi court on Monday referred a rights activist to a higher court for alleged apostasy, a charge that could lead to the death penalty ...


Sharia Islamic law strictly applied in Saudi Arabia stipulates death as a punishment for apostasy, but defendants are usually given the chance to repent and escape being beheaded.

Saudi blogger Hamza Kashgari was deported in February from Malaysia to the kingdom and is being held in jail to face charges of blasphemy over Twitter comments deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammed.

Kashgari's comments triggered a wave of calls to execute him, although he said he repented.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: apostasy; hamza; hamzakashgari; islam; islamiclaw; kashgari; malaysia; saudi; saudiarabia; sharia; sharialaw

1 posted on 12/17/2012 3:14:38 PM PST by george76
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To: george76

Our FREEDOM of RELIGION may not be far behind.

Merry CHRISTmas.

2 posted on 12/17/2012 3:36:34 PM PST by wizr (Keep the Faith!)
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