Nicosia: Human rights groups yesterday urged Iran to drop the death sentence given to a man convicted of insulting Prophet Mohammed in several Facebook posts.
Mr Soheil Arabi was found guilty in August and the decision was upheld by Iran’s Supreme Court last month.
The 30-year-old is said to have insulted the prophet and the 12 holy Imams of Shiite Islam – both punishable by death in Iran.
However, New-York based Human Rights Watch in a statement condemned the judgment, saying Iran should “urgently revise its penal code to eliminate provisions that criminalise free expression”.
Mr Arabi’s lawyer told Human Rights Watch that the court did not accept that he had not written many of the Facebook posts and that he was merely sharing other people’s views social media.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor