Christian teen facing death penalty for offending Muslims in Facebook post

Christian teen facing death penalty for offending Muslims in Facebook post
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A 16-year-old Christian boy faces the death penalty after he was accused of insulting Islam in a Facebook post.

The boy has been arrested and charged with blasphemy after a photo of the Kaaba in Mecca, one of the holiest sites in Islam, appeared on his profile.

A Muslim man told police the image, which was part of an alleged derogatory post against Islam on the boy’s profile, was insulting and sacrilegious.

The black cube-shape is built around an ancient stone at the centre of Islam’s most sacred mosque Al-Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

Locals reportedly claimed the image showed the Kaaba with a pig’s head on top.

Shahbaz Ahmed, a police official, said the informant contacted officers over a post “hurting religious sentiments of Muslims and desecrating the religious place”.

He said the boy “had done a great injustice to us by badly hurting our religious feelings”.

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