07 Dec '11, 3am

Australian man in Saudi Arabia sentenced to 1 year in jail, 500 lashes for blasphemy

SYDNEY (AFP) - An Australian man has been sentenced to 500 lashes and a year in jail by a Saudi Arabian court after being found guilty of blasphemy, Canberra said on Wednesday. Reports said Mansor Almaribe, 45, was detained in the city of Medina on Nov 14 while making the hajj pilgrimage and accused of insulting companions of the prophet Mohammed. Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 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 spokesman said.

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