A younger Saudi man was sentenced to demise for blasphemy and idol worshipping this morning in Jeddah, after confessing on social media that he had undergone a sequence of plastic surgical procedures “with a purpose to appear like Prophet Muhammad”.
23-year previous Abdulaziz Sudairi from town of Najran close to the Yemeni border has been sentenced to a particularly violent demise: undergo 200 lashes earlier than being beheaded with a sword.
The younger man, well-known as an Instagram mannequin all through the Arab peninsula, traveled to Israël a number of occasions over the past two years to endure a complete of 23 plastic surgical procedures to switch his chin, cheekbones, ears, eyelids, nostril, even his pores and skin colour.
He had issues with Saudi authorities a number of occasions previously, however a remark he posted on his Instagram account in June made him a goal of the Committee for the Promotion of Advantage and the Prevention of Vice, the Saudi Islamic police.
Mr. Sudairi posted an image of himself after his final surgical procedure, including a particularly controversial remark:
“Solely two or three extra operations and I would be the dwelling picture of Muhammad. InshAllah.”
He was arrested three days later by the non secular police and was imprisoned and interrogated for a number of weeks earlier than the start of his trial.
In line with the judgment of the Shariah courtroom, by trying to appear like the Prophet, Abdulaziz Sudairi dedicated blasphemy, and idol worshipping, two crimes punishable by demise in line with Sharia legislation.
“It’s anti-Islamic to signify the Prophet. It’s an insult to the Prophet and to Islam to contemplate oneself worthy of trying like him. Such a sin deserves exemplary punishment.”
The Saudi authorized system is understood to be extraordinarily harsh and to incorporate a big array of corporal punishments and controversial execution strategies.
A number of violations of the Sharia legislation result in sentences together with amputations and floggings, or executions by beheading with a sword, stoning and even crucifixion.
A number of Human Rights organizations have denounced Mr. Sudairi’s sentence as “unjustified and unnecessarily merciless” however such critics are hardly ever taken significantly by the Saudi authorities.
Between 3,000 and 5,000 individuals had been executed final yr within the kingdom in line with Human Rights Watch.