Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to death for renouncing his Muslim faith and posting a video on the social networking site Keek, which shows him ripping up the Qur’an before hitting it with his shoe.
The man who posted the video of himself ripping up and beating the shredded holy book is to be beheaded in Saudi Arabia for renouncing his Muslim faith.
The Saudi Gazette reported that the unnamed prisoner, in his 20s, was given the death sentence by the country’s Sharia courts for the offence of apostasy, in other words for abandoning Islam
According to Human Rights Watch, deviation from the nation’s enforced Sunni faith is harshly punished.
Public worship by adherents of religions other than Islam is banned and anything deemed an insult to the faith can be treated as a crime.
Religious “crimes”, including apostasy, sorcery, blasphemy and idolatry can also carry death sentences.
Executions are usually carried out by public beheading.