Saudi Arabian court orders beheading of man for tearing up Koran and hitting it with shoe

A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced a death penalty to a man who has been found guilty of tearing up the holy Koran and hitting it with a shoe, reports claimed on Tuesday.

Riyadh: A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced a death penalty to a man who has been found guilty of tearing up the holy Koran and hitting it with a shoe, reports claimed on Tuesday.

According to reports, the man filmed himself while renouncing his Muslim faith and posted the video online.

"In the video he cursed God, Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) and his daughter Fatimah and ripped a copy of the Holy Qur'an and hit it with a shoe," The Telegraph quoted Saudi Gazette quoted report, adding, "The death sentence was issued after his apostasy was proved.”

Although often condemned by human rights activists, the death penalty is the standard penalty for apostasy in the Muslim world.

In Saudi death sentence is communicated for crimes, including murder, rape, armed robbery, drugs smuggling and for religious crimes like apostasy, sorcery, blasphemy and idolatry.

Moreover, the executions are usually carried out by public beheading.

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