Mauritania releases Facebook blogger convicted of blasphemy

A Mauritanian blogger who changed into jailed for extra than 5 years after being convicted of blaspheming the Muslim Prophet Muhammad has been released.

Rights agencies had waged a protracted marketing campaign to comfortable Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed M’khaitir’s release.

He was due for release in 2017. However, the government refused to announce he could be lynched.

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Conservative Muslims had demanded his execution for a Facebook put-up he wrote about the Prophet Muhammad.

In the publish from 2014, M’khaitir had wondered about the alternatives made with the aid of the Prophet Muhammad in the course of holy wars in the seventh century.

He also lashed out on the mistreatment of black Mauritanians who M’khaitir argued had been discriminated against.

He becomes convicted of blasphemy that identical yr and sentenced to loss of life, but the sentence became commuted to two years in prison after an attraction.

He should have been released in 2017 due to the fact he had already spent years in prison; however, crowds of conservative Muslim protesters called for his execution, forcing authorities to detain him on “security grounds.”

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M’khaitir made statements of repentance on Facebook and TV as a situation of his launch after an assembly between rights groups, nonsecular leaders, and outgoing President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, said rights institution Reporters Without Borders.

“This blogger became francophone Africa’s longest-held citizen-journalist. We thank all those who contributed to his release,” stated Christophe Deloire, the group’s secretary-wellknown.

Mauritania has on the grounds that amended its criminal code, and the demise penalty is now mandatory for all people convicted of what’s seen as blasphemous speech.