Man Gets 10 Years Imprisonment and 2000 Lashes For Expressing Atheism in Saudi Arabia
The late King Abdullah introduced a string of decrees, one defining atheists as terrorists
An unnamed man in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment with 2000 lashes for not believing in God, the 28-year-old young man posted the message on his social media account, according to Al-Watan, a daily morning newspaper in Doha Qatar.
It added that ‘religious police’ in charge of monitoring social networks found more than 600 tweets denying the existence of God, ridiculing the Quranic verses, accusing all prophets of lies and saying their teaching fuelled hostilities. The court also fined him 20,000 riyals – approximately of $5,400.
The law against atheism was passed in 2014 by the late Saudi King Abdullah, and was been deemed an act of terrorism.
Article one of the new provisions defined terrorism as "calling for atheist thought in any form, or calling into question the fundamentals of the Islamic religion on which this country is based".