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Saudi Arabia: Palestinian poet jailed for ‘atheism and long hair’

21 January 2014

Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh is in a Saudi prison, allegedly for spreading atheism – and having long hair, Mona Kareem reported for Global Voices.

Ashraf-Fayadh

Fayadh’s case is making the rounds in media and on social networks, with condemnations coming from Arab writers and artists from across the region.

Some of his friends wrote online that the real reason behind his arrest might be due to the video he filmed five months ago of Abha’s religious police lashing a young man in public.

Currently, the poet is still in jail with no evidence to the accusation or details of a coming trial.

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