Mauritania releases Facebook blogger convicted of blasphemy

_92427875_96b3b506-d375-4b8c-a00a-0e09dd6e35e0Source: BBC News

A Mauritanian blogger who was jailed for more than five years after being convicted of blaspheming the Muslim Prophet Muhammad has been released.

Rights groups had waged a long campaign to secure Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed M’khaitir’s release.

He had been due for release in 2017 but the government refused saying he could be lynched.

Conservative Muslims had demanded his execution for a Facebook post he wrote about the Prophet Muhammad.

In the post from 2014, M’khaitir had questioned the choices made by the Prophet Muhammad during holy wars in the 7th Century.

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