Monday, April 23, 2007


An Egyptian living in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to death (by beheading) for desecrating the Koran. The man, who works as a pharmacist, was accused of leaving copies of the Muslim holy book in a mosque's washrooms. A court found the man guilty of no longer being a Muslim because of his acts and 'violating the boundaries set by God'. Ali Al-Ahmed, a prominent Saudi rights activist who has followed the case, said the verdict raised questions about Saudi Arabia's justice system, which rights groups have criticised over a lack of legal representation and codified laws. Al-Ahmed said: "The man is Muslim and an Egyptian. I believe he was set up by extremists zealots."

I am shocked that not one Egyptian official has spoken out against this.

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