Saudi court gives death penalty to man for apostasy

Saudi court gives death penalty to man for apostasy
Man posted an online video ripping up the Quran and hitting it with a shoe

Published: 14:14 February 24, 2015

Riyadh: An Islamic court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to death for renouncing his Muslim faith, local media reported on Tuesday.

The man, in his 20s, posted an online video ripping up a copy of the Quran and hitting it with a shoe, the media reported.

Saudi Arabia follows the strict school of Islam and gives the clergy control over its justice system.

Under its interpretation of Sharia, apostasy demands the death penalty, as do some other religious offences like sorcery, while blasphemy and criticism of senior Muslim clerics have incurred jail terms and corporal punishment

Executions in Saudi Arabia are usually carried out by public beheading.
International rights groups say the Saudi justice system suffers from a lack of transparency and due process, that defendants are often denied basic rights such as legal representation and that sentencing can be arbitrary.

The Saudi government has taken some steps to reform its judicial system but has also defended it as fair.

Last year a court in Jeddah sentenced Saudi liberal Raef Badawi to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for publishing criticism of the kingdom’s ruling religious and political elite and calling for reforms in Islam.

The first of 50 of those lashes were carried out in January, but subsequent rounds of flogging have not occurred. Officials have not publicly commented on the case, but insiders say the lashing appears to have been quietly dropped.

اور اگر وہ اپنے عہد کے بعد اپنی قسمیں توڑ دیں اور تمہارے دین میں طعن کریں تو کفر کے سرداروں سے قتال کرو۔ بے شک ان لوگوں کی کوئی قسمیں نہیں تاکہ وہ باز آجائیں۔ کیا تم ان لوگوں سے نہیں لڑوگے جنہوں نے اپنی قسمیں توڑ دیں اوررسول ہ(ﷺ) کو نکالنے کا ارادہ کیا اور اُنہوں نے ہی پہلی بار تم سے ابتدا کی۔ کیا تم ان سے ڈرتے ہو تو اللہ زیادہ حقدار ہے کہ تم اس سے ڈرو اگر تم مؤمن ہو۔ ان سے قتال کرو، اللہ اِنہیں تمہارے ہاتھوں سے عذاب دے گا اور اُنہیں رسوا کرے گا او ران کے خلاف تمہاری مدد کرے گا اور مؤمنوں کے سینوں کو شفا دے گا او ران کے دلوں کا غصہ دور کرے گا اور اللہ جسے چاہتا ہے توبہ کی توفیق دیتا ہے اور اللہ سب کچھ جاننے اور کمال حکمت والا ہے