A MAN in Saudi Arabia could face the death penalty after being arrested on this clip of a foot walking on the Koran a few days before Ramadan.
The unnamed man is said to have downloaded the clip from social media where it was widely shared in the Gulf State.
In the video, a Koran can be seen thrown to the ground and trampled barefoot.
The clip would have been uploaded to an Instagram account that proclaimed “repentance” in its bio section and the only download was the video.
It’s not yet known if the man who shared the clip was the man in the sequence.
Reports say the video sparked outrage in Saudi Arabia, with some calling for the arrest and death of the official.
Those convicted of apostasy – abandoning their religious beliefs – face the death penalty in Saudi Arabia, where strict blasphemy laws are still in force.
It is not known if the suspect was charged.
The incident comes just days before the holy month of Ramadan, which is expected to begin later this week.
The kingdom’s human rights record was highlighted this week after Amnesty International warned that the Saudi investment fund would take over Newcastle United.
The de facto leader of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has been accused of using sport as a distraction.
Sports events are claimed and the takeover serves to divert attention from mass executions, the imprisonment of women’s rights activists, the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the war in Yemen.
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Saudi Arabia executed a record number of people in 2019, despite an overall drop in executions worldwide, Amnesty International said in its 2019 2019 global death penalty review.
Saudi authorities killed 184 people last year, the highest number Amnesty has ever recorded in a single year in the country.
This included six women and 178 men. Slightly more than half of them were foreign nationals. The figure was 149 in 2018.
The majority of the executions involved drug-related crimes and murders. However, Amnesty International has also documented the increased use of the death penalty as a political weapon against dissidents from the Shia Muslim minority in Saudi Arabia.
On April 23, 2019, 37 people were massively executed, including 32 Shiite men convicted of “terrorism” after trials based on confessions extracted under torture.
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Human rights groups cite the example of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi.
He is serving a 10-year prison sentence and has been the victim of public flogging for running a blog called “Free Saudi Liberals”.
He was arrested in January 2012 and found guilty of “insulting Islam by electronic means”.
Badawi’s lawyer, Waleed Abu Al-Kheir, who founded the organization “Monitor of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia” was arrested in 2014 and sentenced to 15 years in prison for “undermining the regime and civil servants” and ” incitement to public opinion ”.