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Saudi Arabia: Court Lifts Death Sentence, Imposes Lashes for Palestinian Poet

February 03, 2016
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In Saudi Arabia, a court has overturned the death sentence against Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh, instead sentencing him to eight years in prison. Fayadh will also be subjected to 800 lashes, to be carried out over 16 occasions, and forced to renounce his poetry publicly. Fayadh had previously been convicted of apostasy and sentenced to beheading, sparking an international outcry among fellow artists.


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