Australian sentenced to 500 lashes in Saudi Arabia
An Australian man has been sentenced to 500 lashes and a year in jail by a court in after being found guilty of blasphemy, Canberra said on Wednesday.
Reports said , 45, was detained in the city of Medina on November 14 while making the hajj pilgrimage and accused of insulting companions of the prophet Mohammed.
Australia's said he was sentenced on Tuesday and Canberra's ambassador in Saudi Arabia had been in touch with authorities to plead for leniency.
"The Australian ambassador has been in touch with Saudi authorities after a 45-year-old Australian man was sentenced by a court in Saudi Arabia to one year in jail and 500 lashes," a DFAT spokeswoman said.
No one can survive 500 lashes. Less than 100 will kill you, so this sentence is a death sentence. The year behind bars means nothing.
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