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Apostasy death penalty case blogger 'in limbo' as Mauritanian courts 'pass buck'

Apostasy death penalty case blogger 'in limbo' as Mauritanian courts 'pass buck'

Country: 
Mauritania
News Date: 
02/02/2017
Sharia Watch
Summary: 

A Mauritanian court will re-examine the case of a young, who is facing execution following his death sentence for "apostasy" – the abandonment of Islam. In a case that has shaken the nation, the young Mauritanian blogger and engineer was sentenced to death for apostasy in December 2014 over the publication a year earlier of an article entitled "Religion, Religiosity and Craftsmen" on the Aqlam Horra news website. Islamic organisations in mainly Muslim Mauritania said that the article constituted an "insult" to Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.