Saudi man sentenced to death for apostasy

Updated 28 February 2015
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Saudi man sentenced to death for apostasy

A court in Hafr al-Batin has sentenced a Saudi citizen to death for insulting Allah, as well as the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his daughter Fatima, a local daily reported.
The court issued a preliminary ruling based on charges leveled by the prosecutor against the citizen who was charged with insulting the Prophet (pbuh) by tearing up pages of the Holy Qur'an and posting videos on social media sites.
The defendant rejected the ruling and the case has been referred to the Court of Appeals, the paper said.
The defendant, whose case is known as the “Hafr Al-Batin apostasy” case, was arrested by members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) last year. He was subsequently referred to the Bureau of Investigation and Prosecution (BIP) to face charges of apostasy.
A three-member bench in Hafr Al-Batin ruled that the defendant was guilty of the charges and issued a preliminary death sentence for apostasy, the paper reported.


Spectacular shows celebrate Saudi National Day in style

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Spectacular shows celebrate Saudi National Day in style

  • Public will be treated to festivals, concerts and firework displays

RIYADH: With the celebrations for Saudi Arabia’s 89th National Day Three in full swing this weekend, there is no shortage of events taking place across the Kingdom.

Among the most interesting and spectacular are three international shows being staged in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam, including a special performance by the world-famous Cirque du Soleil.

“Tariq Al-Himma” will take the audience on a unique and extraordinary artistic journey through the past, present and future of Saudi Arabia, in a show filled with national pride. You can catch the hour-long performance at the Green Halls in Riyadh from September 21 to 23, starting at 9:30 p.m. each night. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Al-Hamra Corniche in Jeddah is the location for “Star Island” on September 23 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thousands of fireworks will paint the sky with dazzling colors, accompanied by sounds, light effects and laser beams.

The world’s most popular circus show, Cirque du Soleil, presents a specially created hour-long show for Saudi National Day at the Dhahran Expo in Dammam. Featuring 40 artists performing a variety of acrobatic routines, the show begins at 9 p.m. each night until September 23.

The season of events marking the celebration of the Kingdom’s 89th National Day, which falls on September 23, includes more than 40 entertainment, cultural and sporting events and activities across the country. They include festivals, concerts, firework displays, youth forums and public celebrations.