Posted by: becketfund | April 19, 2008

Saudi Arabia: Man Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy

JEDDAH – Officials in Saudi Arabia have sentenced a Turkish citizen to death for blasphemy, after the man was accused of using “obscene language” to refer to God Today’s Zaman reported on April 19.  Sabri Boğday, a Turk who has resided in the Saudi Arabian province of Jeddah for the past ten years, allegedly used the offending terms in the course of an argument with his neighbor.  Turkish officials fear that Boğday has been falsely accused, according to Today’s Zaman, and worry that because he is a foreigner, he will be dealt with in a particularly harsh manner.  Immigrants are said to be at greater risk for convictions in Saudi Arabia; in the last year alone, 76 foreigners were executed in the country.

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