In Saudi Arabia, a man was sentenced to death for atheism
He was tried for publishing a video where he renounces Islam. Also, according to the statements of the prosecution, on some commercials the condemnation of the Prophet Muhammad was heard by the accused.
The defense of the convict filed several appeals after the arrest. But recently, the Appellate and Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia rejected a complaint against the sentence of 30-year-old Ahmed al-Shamri, confirming the death sentence.
Lawyer Ahmed al-Shamri chose the tactic of denying the responsibility of his client. He insisted that while recording a video, his client was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
In Saudi Arabia, according to the royal decree of 2014, atheists are defined as terrorists and renunciation of Islam in the country can result in long prison terms, corporal punishment and even execution.
Earlier in 2014, a Saudi court sentenced a 35-year-old Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayyad to 800 beats and eight years in prison.The reason is a collection of poetry and suspicions of illicit relations with women.
In early 2016, a court in Saudi Arabia sentenced a man to ten years in prison and two thousand lashes for several hundred atheistic posts on Twitter.