Mauritania clerics want ‘apostasy’ blogger finished

Photo copyright Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed Mkhaitir
Photo caption Mkhaitir says the object turned into misinterpreted and he did now not suggest to cause offense

A frame of Muslim clerics in Mauritania has referred to as for the loss of life sentence to be completed against a blogger convicted of apostasy in 2014.

Mauritania, an Islamic republic, has no longer carried out a death penalty due to the fact that 1987.

The Discussion board of Imams and Ulemas says Mohamed Ould Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, 29, ought to be executed notwithstanding the truth that he repented for a piece of writing criticizing Mauritania’s caste device.

The clerics want him to be killed in line with the “regulation of God”.

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The blogger was arrested in January 2014 for an editorial in which he lashed out at folks who use religion as a means of discrimination in opposition to individuals of positive ethnic organizations.

the thing became later taken down as it turned into deemed blasphemous closer to the Prophet Muhammad.
Mkhaitir then apologized and said he by no means meant to insult the Prophet.

Mauritania’s Ideally suited Court docket can pardon him if it feels his repentance is sincere.

However beforehand of the Courtroom’s choice on Tuesday, the body of clerics stated the blogger need to not be proven any mercy.

“We call for that the able government follows the regulation,” the Forum of Imams and Ulemas became quoted via Reuters as saying in a statement.

“Kill him and bury him in conformity with the law of God,” the announcement brought.

Main rights groups, including Freedom Now and the Committee to Shield Journalists, have campaigned for the blogger’s release.

Freedom Now, which represents him, stated his trial turned into marred via procedural irregularities and that 3 of his legal professionals had to resign after receiving demise threats.

Mauritania’s caste system is a touchy situation in a country with deep social and racial divisions.

It has served as justification for the enslavement of contributors of Mauritania’s Haratin ethnic organization, regularly referred to as the “black moors”.

Final year, Mauritania brought a difficult new anti-slavery regulation which makes the offense a “crime against humanity”.

The USA formally abolished slavery in 1981, However activists say it’s miles nevertheless extensively practiced with youngsters born into slavery.