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Mauritania: Supreme court verdict of popular blogger adjourned

Mauritania: Supreme court verdict of popular blogger adjourned


Mauritania’s supreme court has adjourned its final decision on the fate of a popular blogger, Cheikh Ould Mohamed Ould Mkheitir who had earlier been sentenced to death for blasphemy.

The bloggers write-ups had criticised Islamic religious beliefs and conservative practices in Mauritania.

Thousands of people gathered in the capital to push for the confirmation of the sentence and the execution of the death penalty later left the scene on Tuesday without any incident.

The criminal chamber of the supreme court said the decision to adjourn deliberation on the verdict has been taken due to the recent replacement of one of their assessors.

In Mauritania, many who have dare to speak out on Mohamed Ould’s behalf have been considered
as infidels.

There are fears that even pressure from international community might not be able to save Mohamed’s life who keeps insisting that he believes freedom cannot be defeated.

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