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Saudi Arabia uses capital offence of ‘apostasy’ to stifle debate

Headline Title:  Saudi Arabia uses capital offence of ‘apostasy’ to stifle debate 24 December 2012 A court in Saudi Arabia has decided to proceed with the prosecution of an online activist for apostasy, a charge which carries the death penalty, in what Amnesty International said is a new bid to stifle political and social debate. On 22 December the General Court in Jeddah had Raif Badawi, 25, sign documents to enable his trial on apostasy charges to go ahead, after his case was passed to it by a District Court on 17 December. Badawi – who founded “Saudi Arabian Liberals”, a website…

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