Poet reprieved from execution but still faces 800 lashes and long jail term

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A Saudi court has overturned the death sentence of a Palestinian poet accused of renouncing Islam, and imposed an eight-year prison term and 800 lashes instead. The decision by a panel of judges came after Ashraf Fayadh’s lawyer argued his conviction was seriously flawed because he was denied a fair trial, according to a report in the Guardian. In a briefing on the verdict, Abdulrahman al-Lahem said the judgment revoked the de...

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