Islam abuser handed 10 years

Updated 13 May 2014
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Islam abuser handed 10 years

A criminal court in Jeddah has sentenced a Saudi man to 10 years in prison, in addition to 1,000 lashes and a SR1 million fine, for setting up a website and insulting Islam, an Arabic electronic newspaper reported on Wednesday.
Raif Badawi, the defendant, has rejected the court’s preliminary verdict, but the public prosecutor said he wanted tougher punishment for the Muslim man for attacking Islamic faith.
The appeal court had earlier nullified the court’s previous verdict on the man issued in Ramadan.
Badawi had been sentenced to seven years and three months and 600 lashes at the time.
The appeals court had also referred the case to another judge to give his verdict, sabq.org said. The previous judge had also ordered closing down Badawi’s website.
Speaking with Arab News, Dr. Mohammed Badahdah, assistant secretary-general of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth, said the verdict was issued mainly because of his attack on Islam and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). “These are red lines that nobody should cross,” he said.
Badahdah criticized the double standard practiced by international human rights organizations that call for the release of Badawi. “These organizations close their eyes on rights violations in Syria, Burma and other countries,” he pointed out.
Saudi bloggers backed the court decision and said the man, being an apostate, deserved harsher punishment. “The punishment issued by the court is soft compared to the enormity of the crime committed by the man,” said Bandar, a blogger.
Others said the verdict would help the man change his narrative and appeal to God for pardon.
Another blogger urged the public prosecutor to explain his charges against the man.
“Let’s pray for the man in the hope that he will be guided on the right path,” said another blogger.


Houthis have smuggled various weapons from Iran: Arab coalition

Updated 24 June 2019
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Houthis have smuggled various weapons from Iran: Arab coalition

  • Col. Al-Maliki also said that the Houthis are digging trenches and building fortifications in Hodeidah
  • Said Iran-backed militia is trying to provoke the coalition

RIYADH: The Arab coalition supporting Yemen’s internationally recognized government said on Monday that the Houthi militia has received various types of weapons smuggled from Iran.
Speaking at a weekly press conference in Riyadh, spokesperson Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the militia has suffered heavy losses and as a result they have been targeting civilians and civilian installations.
Col. Al-Maliki also said that the Houthis are digging trenches and building fortifications in Hodeidah in violation of the Stockholm agreement.
He said that the Iran-backed militia is trying to provoke the coalition, but “we will apply international law.”
He added that the coalition has started providing financial assistance to those affected by accidents in Yemen and the coalition has already compensated 116 people affected.