_The Times of India_, 9/5/92 'Saudi executed for 'slandering Koran'' DHAHRAN (Saudi Arabia
_The Times of India_, 9/5/92
"Saudi executed for 'slandering Koran'"
DHAHRAN (Saudi Arabia), September 4 (AP): A Saudi citizen was
beheaded in public yesterday after he was convicted of slandering
God, the holy book of Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, the government
An interior ministry statement said Sadek Abdel-Kerim Malallah was
executed with a single stroke of a sword in a yard adjacent to a
mosque near Qatif, a desert town in the eastern province.
The interior ministry statement said Malallah was convicted of
"slandering Allah, the holy Koran and the Prophet."
"This is not mere apostast ... it is a sacrilegious crime punishable
by death irrespective of repentance," said the ministry statement,
broadcast on state-run radio and television.
In theocratic Saudi Arabia, criticism of Koran and the Prophet
Mohammed is not tolerated.
Beheadings are not an uncommon form of punishment, but it is rare
for someone to be convicted of sacrilege.
It quoted Malallah as slandering Mohammed as "a liar, an impostor"
and saying "the religion he spread was nothing but deception."
It seems that not only can't the truth set some people free, but
speaking it can get you killed.
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