SAUDI ARABIA: TURKISH BARBER ON DEATH ROW TO BE RELEASED SOON
January 18, 2009: a Turkish barber in Saudi Arabia who was sentenced to death by a Jeddah court on blasphemy charges will soon be released following a royal clemency. "The Ministry of Interior informed us about the release of Sabri Bogday, who has been languishing in a Saudi prison for the last three years," Turkish Ambassador to the Kingdom Naci Koru said.
Thanking the Saudi government on behalf of the Turkish government and people, Koru said the Kingdom rescinded the death penalty and that the authorities are processing papers to release Bogday.
Bogday, a hairdresser in Jeddah, was sentenced to death for swearing at God during an argument with his neighbor, an Egyptian tailor. (Sources: Arab News, 19/01/2009)