Appeal court reverses Umar Farouk’s 10-year sentence

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Umar Farouk sentenced last year to 10 years’ jail for blasphemy by Sharia court in Kano had his sentence overturned on Thursday by the state’s appeal court.

Aged just 13 when he was sentenced, Farouk was discharged and acquitted.

The court applying Islamic sharia law, enforced in some Muslim-majority states in northern Nigeria, sentenced Farouk to 10 years’ forced labour after convicting him of blaspheming during an argument with a friend.

Its ruling sparked international condemnation from governments and rights groups.

The US in December designated Nigeria a Country of Particular Concern over religious freedom.

 

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