Skip to comments.Turk barber faces execution for swearing
Posted on 04/14/2008 12:59:38 PM PDT by forkinsocket
A Turkish barber accused of swearing at God is sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia, with his family back in Turkey calling on authorities to intervene.
Sabri Boğday from the southern Hatay province went to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia 11 years ago and opened a barbershop.
According to reports, Boğday argued with his neighbor, an Egyptian tailor, and was arrested after the tailor told the police that he had sworn at God.
While Boğday has been in prison for the past 13 months, the Egyptian who made the allegation has disappeared.
When he was sentenced to death in the last court session and prison authorities came to his cell and told him to call his family for the last time, the family panicked and is now calling for Turkish authorities to intervene. The family also fears Boğday might be executed before the appeals court deals with the matter.
His mother Atra Boğday said her son is a very polite and God-fearing individual, dismissing the claims that he had sworn at God. His Egyptian neighbor lied. His biggest wish was to save enough money to buy a house for us. But now they will execute him if authorities don't intervene, she said.
His wife Muazzez said their son was three months old when Sabri was jailed. I confronted the tailor when my husband's friends told me what happened. He said it's none of his business. We later learnt that he closed down his shop and fled. He didn't attend a single court session.
Muazzez Boğday said her husband knew the laws of Saudi Arabia well and would never swear. Even if he did, he would never swear at God. He knows what the punishment would be, she said.
Boğday's appeal is expected to be heard within 15 days.
All the middle east is so 7th century.
This piece of Halibut is fit for Jehova.
That is so F&*(#d up.
allah is damned. That is not swearing at God, that is telling the truth. allah is not God, he is satan, the father of all liars, the god of the unsaved.
Right on. Since God and allah are not the same, why should he be punished for swearing at evil?
Just wanted you to know that.
THe Rev Wright would do well over there.
And just remember folks, this is the sort of Islam we're all going to see in Kosovo within a generation thanks in no small part to our inept foreign policy.