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An Iranian court sentences a blasphemy accused to “two years of study”


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An Iranian who was on death row after being convicted of blasphemy receives an unusual court ruling.

According to details, an Iranian court has pronounced an unusual ruling which is one of its own kind. The court annulled Soheil Arabi’s death penalty, after he was convicted of blasphemy over a Facebook post. This was a historic decision when instead of death he was sentenced to 90 days in prison. Additionally, he was sentenced to studying theology for two years, this study will include reading a set of 13 religious books.

In 2013, Soheil Arabi, was hooked by police and received a death sentence for his Facebook activity which was allegedly blasphemous which is punishable by capital punishment in Iran.

During the studies which Soheil is sentenced, he will be writing a summary of each one of the 13 religious books; each summary should be of 5-10 pages. Afterwards he will be required to write an article on religion referencing as a minimum five of these books.

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This is an extraordinary decision when a blasphemy convict is sentenced to study instead of death. He will be serving 90 days sentence to another sentence of seven and a half years for discourteous towards supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.There are many other cases of blasphemy when the respondents are sentenced to death.

Following this decision, the Amnesty International has greeted the decision but maintain that Soheil Arabi should not have been put in prison. In this regard, Nassim Papayiann, Amnesty International’s activist on Iran says, “International law clearly protects the right to criticise political leaders and religious institutions, even if the criticisms are thought to be shocking or offensive.

A sentence that requires an individual to serve time in prison, study theology and read certain books as a punishment, if handed down for peacefully exercised their freedom of expression, clearly tramples over a range of rights, including the right to freedom of belief.”