Saudi Arabian Man Sentenced to Death for Renouncing Islam

A man in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to death by a local court for renouncing his Islamic faith in an online video. A government official told the Saudi Gazette, “In the video he cursed God, Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) and his daughter Fatimah and ripped a copy of the Holy Qur’an and hit it with a shoe. The death sentence was issued after his apostasy was proved.” According to The Telegraph, his sentence could change if he decides to “repent.” The death sentence comes the same week that Prince Mohammed bin Nayef is visiting officials in the U.K. to discuss combating radicalism and ISIS. Amnesty International is urging government leaders in the country to address human rights violations in the country, where public executions happen regularly. They’ve gone as far as saying that U.K. leaders are “wearing a muzzle,” with the organization’s head of policy and government affairs adding, in an interview with The Telegraph, “With the deputy crown prince’s visit UK officials should try to exert some real pressure on him over Saudi Arabia’s disgraceful human rights record” …

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