13-Year-Old Nigerian Boy Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Blasphemy

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A 13-year-old boy is facing 10 years in prison for blasphemy in northern Nigeria.

Omar Farouq was convicted in a Sharia court in Kano State in northwest Nigeria after he was accused of using foul language toward Allah in an argument with a friend.

He was sentenced on August 10 by the same court that recently sentenced a studio assistant Yahaya Sharif-Aminu to death for blaspheming Prophet Mohammed, according to lawyers.

Farouq’s punishment is in violation of the African Charter of the Rights and Welfare of a Child and the Nigerian constitution, said his counsel Kola Alapinni, who told CNN they filed an appeal on his behalf on September 7.

Farouq was tried as an adult because he has attained puberty and has full responsibility under Islamic law.

Alapinni told CNN he or other lawyers working on the case have not been granted access to Farouq by authorities in Kano State.

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