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SAUDI ARABIA: COURT QUASHES DEATH SENTENCE FOR 'APOSTATE' POET

February 2, 2016: A court in Saudi Arabia overturned a death sentence against a Palestinian poet convicted of apostasy, giving him eight years in prison instead, his lawyer said.
The court in the southwestern city of Abha "overturned the previous sentence to execute him for apostasy," the lawyer for Ashraf Fayad said in a statement he posted on Twitter.
The ruling follows widespread international criticism of the rising number of executions by the ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom.
Fayad was also sentenced to 800 lashes, in sessions of 50 lashes, his lawyer Abdul Rahman al-Lahim said.
The poet must repent through an announcement in official media.
The defence objects to the new ruling and has asked for Fayad's release, Lahim added.
A lower court in November issued the rare death sentence for apostasy, apparently after an appeal.
That decision overturned another court ruling in 2014 sentencing Fayad to four years' prison and 800 lashes, Adam Coogle of Human Rights Watch said at the time.
The complaint against Fayad stemmed from a cultural discussion group at a cafe in Abha.
"What Ashraf claims is that he had a falling out with other members of the group," said Coogle, a Middle East researcher for the New York-based HRW.
One man claimed he heard Fayad say things against God, while a religious scholar accused Fayad of blasphemy in a volume of poetry he had written a decade previously, Coogle said. (Sources: AFP, 02/02/2016)

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INDIA: DEATH SENTENCE TO 11 FOR KILLING WOMAN TO GRAB LAND IN NADIA
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EGYPT: 7 OPPOSITION MEMBERS SENTENCED TO DEATH

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