Lawyer: Saudi court revokes poet's death sentence

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Posted: Feb 03, 2016 4:01 AM

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The lawyer for a Palestinian poet sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for apostasy says his client's sentence has been reduced to prison time and lashes instead.

Ashraf Fayadh was sentenced to death in November by a court in the southwestern city of Abha. He faced multiple charges, including blasphemy, spreading atheism and having illicit relationships with women.

Defense lawyer Abdulrahman al-Lahim said in a statement posted online Tuesday that an Abha court has quashed the death sentence and issued a new appeals verdict of 800 lashes and eight years behind bars. The lashes are to be meted out 50 at a time.