Muslim leaders demand ‘apostasy’ blogger’s death sentence be upheld

Muslim leaders in deeply conservative Mauritania have demanded the government carries out the execution of a blogger originally sentenced to death for apostasy, his lawyer said on Sunday.

Cheikh Ould Mohamed Ould Mkheitir was initially sentenced to death for apostasy in 2014, although the crime was downgraded to being an “infidel”, without the death sentence being lifted.