Mauritania condemns man to death for ‘insulting the prophet’

mrafrica(Reuters) – Mauritania on Thursday condemned a man to death for “insulting the prophet”, a human rights group said, a day after the country opened the trial of an anti-slavery activist.

Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, 28, was arrested a year ago for writing an article about the Prophet Mohammad and the caste system, an extremely sensitive subject in a West African country with deep social and racial divisions.

He claims his article has been misinterpreted.

The prosecution asked for the death penalty to be carried out in accordance with Islamic sharia law and recommended he be shot. Mauritania, a poor country straddling Arab and black Africa, last applied the death penalty in 1987…

 

 

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  • Just a thought

    He claims his article has been misinterpreted.

    “Um, …when I wrote ‘Mohammed was excrement’ I meant it as a compliment?”
    ….
    Would you believe, the Jews made me do it?
    ….
    Ok, ok, how about ….

  • Just a thought

    Mauritania, a poor country straddling Arab and black Africa, last applied the death penalty in 1987…

    It’s taken them that long to be able to save up for another bullet?

  • WalterBannon

    Unfortunately Ebola is not spreading fast enough across the African continent…

    • Just a thought

      What they lack in Ebola, they are working hard to make up for in Islam.

  • Gettingby

    Every country with apostasy and blasphemy laws needs to be treated as a pariah nation, no funding, no trade, no interaction once so ever.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Good news. One down 3 million to go.