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Man in Mauritania to face death penalty after he criticized prophet

Jan. 7, 2014 at 10:18 AM   |   Comments

NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A man in Mauritania convicted of apostasy faces the death penalty after he wrote an article criticizing the Prophet Muhammad, Middle East Online said.

The young man, who has not been identified, was arrested Thursday and convicted of lack of respect for the prophet.

He will be given a chance to repent, but if he does not, he will face the death penalty, the report said.

The article was published on several websites and questioned the prophet's decisions during the holy wars.

Sharia law is enforced in Mauritania, but the death penalty has not been used since the 1980s.

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