Palestinian poet is found guilty of apostasy and gets death penalty.Poet Ashraf Fayadh was arrested on August 2013 by the religious police and found guilty of blasphemy. The arrest happened in a cafe when a man reported that he made obscene comments about God and Mohammad and the Saudi State.
On May 26, 2014, the General Court of Abha convicted Fayadh and sentenced him to four years in prison and 800 lashes.
After an appeal by the prosecution Fayadh was given the Death Penalty on 17th November 2015.
Fayadh is a member of British-Saudi art organisation Edge of Arabia which promotes contemporary art from Saudi Arabia.
The following text is taken from the HRW (Human Rights Watch) website.
Saudi Arabia has executed 152 people in 2015, which according to Amnesty International is the highest recorded number since 1995. Most executions are carried out by beheading, sometimes in public. The vast majority are for murder and drug crimes, but Saudi courts occasionally hand down death sentences for other “crimes” such as apostasy and sorcery.