Saudi Arabia has sentenced a Palestinian poet to death for renouncing his Muslim faith.

The execution order was handed down to Ashraf Fayadh, 35, by a judge on Tuesday, The Guardian reported.

Adam Coogle, Middle East researcher for Human Rights Watch, told Reuters he had read the trial documents, which make it “very clear he has been sentenced to death for apostasy.”

Fayadh was arrested by the country’s religious police in 2013. In 2014, he was tried in court and sentenced to four years in prison and 800 lashes. But the verdict was appealed, and another judge handed Fayadh the death sentence. Read more…

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