December 7th, 2011
06:41 AM ET

Australian man faces 500 lashes in Saudi Arabia for blasphemy

By Brian Walker, CNN

(CNN) – Australia appealed for leniency after its citizen was sentenced Wednesday to 500 lashes and a year in prison by a Saudi Arabian court.

Mansor Almaribe, 45, was found guilty of blasphemy after he was arrested last month in Medina while on a pilgrimage, Australian officials said.

It's unclear what Almaribe, a Shia Muslim from Victoria state, said or did to get arrested.

"The ambassador has urgently contacted Saudi authorities and will make strong representations, including to key figures in the Saudi government, seeking leniency," said Kate Sieper, a foreign affairs spokeswoman.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Australia • Islam • Saudi Arabia

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  1. Aacon

    Only because they have oil so world leaders want that country and countries like it brainwashed is such torture allowed & public to accent the stupidity of it. There even exist sadistic people in civilized societies who allow for inhumane treatment of their own , especially the poor and imprisoned. No country is really free of atrocities the people put on their own people not liked or really truly cared for. Most everyone only need to look in the mirror.

    January 2, 2012 at 3:34 am |
  2. augustghost

    all in the name of effin allah....what an backwards culture

    December 24, 2011 at 8:54 am |
  3. laughing at you all

    idiots.........the first caveman prayed to fire because he burned his finger on it. All of you religious fanatics are cavemen. Havent any of you heard of evolution??? Bunch of morons.

    December 24, 2011 at 1:57 am |
  4. naomi

    what a cruel religion is it, so contrary to the mercyful and compasionate God
    Jesuschrist, when He was crucified He said "Father forgive them for they do not know what they do."

    December 23, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
    • FSM

      Isn't that the same god that ordered his followers to commit genocide on multiple occasions and put "every man woman and child" of several cities to death, even the "babes in their mothers arms"? Oh, right.. I guess that sometimes between the "old testament" and the new one he must have discovered prozac and mellowed out a bit...

      December 24, 2011 at 5:12 am |
    • Jesus

      Naomi, stop reading fairy tales and go jump off a bridge.

      December 30, 2011 at 9:05 am |
  5. Mohammedhonorkilling

    Islamist torture another Muslim again. This are common news on Islamic countries. Islam itself faeces broken inside.

    December 8, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
    • Tea Party Crasher


      Feces? Yes. That sounds about right!

      December 8, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
    • Ashtin

      Christians kill Christians. Jews kill Jews.... It has nothing to do with what religion they are. It happens DAILY with ALL religions.

      December 24, 2011 at 12:54 am |
  6. tea party

    any westerner who visits Saudi Arabia deserves what the get

    December 8, 2011 at 8:51 pm |
    • Tea Party Crasher

      An ugly wife that smells like onions and camel urine?

      December 8, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
    • Joe Bane

      Religion is man-made.

      December 11, 2011 at 10:52 am |
  7. WOT

    Religon is one thing but GODs' religon is another! When one is in anothers country, they should be put out of that country. I am a beliver of Christ Jesus and live what I believe.

    December 8, 2011 at 1:30 am |
    • Kevin

      Snce you don't share the same beliefs as me then let me know when you're packed. I have your extradition orders waiting.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:31 am |
    • Gawd

      The people with poor grammar and spelling are usually the ones that believe in this nonsense.

      December 30, 2011 at 9:08 am |
  8. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    If Perry were president he might be able to stop these kinds of violent acts from taking place.

    December 7, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You can't be herbie, since he's have said "was". US, really, isn't this beneath you?

      December 7, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
    • Sherlock Einstein Hawkins

      Wow, you FINALLY figured something out that you've been told repeatedly. Four inches of neanderthal skull sure is difficult to penetrate, but it finally made it through. Congratulations! You win a prize!

      Before you think up one of your award-winning yet painfully predictable responses, you should start thinking. For a change. You know, about how you've been making the incorrect assumption for oh, we don't know, a while now. You have missed every single hint. ALL of them. The only thing you have been correct about up until this point is something you were told outright, and it still took weeks for you to get that. Our hopes for you are not high.

      See that? There was a hint in there. Oh you won't get it.

      December 8, 2011 at 12:15 am |
    • Sherlock Einstein Hawkins

      By the way, your assumption about US is also incorrect. The best part about this little game is that from this end, there are no lies. So sorry to disappoint. Not Herb, not US. In finally figuring out one assumption was wrong, you made one that was wrong, again. Stop doing that. It's really terrible. For an individual that touts itself so smugly, with such high regard for itself, it surprisingly assumes a lot.

      December 8, 2011 at 12:19 am |
    • canoodle

      wow. uncouthswine is really off his meds! or at least thats what i gather since it appears you struck a big damn nerve, tttps.
      the second post tries to cover it up but then again maybe its all a major troll triple play or somethin.....

      December 8, 2011 at 11:18 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yeah, he's about due for his thorazine drip to be activated. Uncouth is irritated because he isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer and it shows.

      December 8, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Gee, I wonder why it's so important to this little troll to get my attention. Must be penis envy.

      December 8, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
    • captain america

      It obviously keeps idiots coming back to see if anything else has been said to tarnish their precious traitor e-reputations.

      December 8, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      If you're here, that must be it.

      December 8, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
    • Tea Party Crasher

      Looks to me like a couple of inbred peas in a pod. You belong together.

      December 8, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
    • Chris B


      December 25, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  9. George

    I would hate for another nation to interfere with the practice of our religion here in America.

    December 7, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
    • captain america

      Those are called canadians.

      December 8, 2011 at 9:47 am |
  10. George

    If he did the crime he has to take his punishment. When in Rome .... Blasphemy is a serious offense.

    December 7, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
    • LinCA


      You said, "Blasphemy is a serious offense."
      Only in uncivilized nations.

      December 8, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • AGuest9

      It's ridiculous, but, yes, he should have realized where he was.

      December 8, 2011 at 10:41 am |
    • Tea Party Crasher

      He's not in Rome, George.

      December 8, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  11. hawaiiduude

    phoque joos

    December 7, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
    • Chill out

      Honestly, so much anger and hatred is not good for you.
      It only affects your soul.
      If you believe in God you need to look to him for some internal Peace! Hope u can find that Peace!!!

      December 7, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  12. Andrew

    Ever heard of an atheist or secular humanist wanting to whip, burn, bash or punish a theist? Of course not.

    December 7, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
    • Felix The Navidad


      December 7, 2011 at 8:31 pm |
    • hawaiiduude

      jews terrorize and kill christians in israel...


      December 7, 2011 at 8:40 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No, herbie, you're confusing someone wanting to off you because you're Christian with someone wanting to off you because you're a complete waste of oxygen.

      December 7, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
    • Sherlock Einstein Hawkins

      Tom, look at that hateful little neanderthal in the mirror. Looks a little like Charles Manson went and stepped on a rake. You can go ahead and forgive yourself if you don't know the reference. Wouldn't expect you would anyway.

      December 8, 2011 at 12:23 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Truly pitiful, little shadow. Why is it you care so much about what I post? A bit insecure, are you?

      December 8, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
  13. The Phist

    This article sucks without live video.

    December 7, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
    • canoodle

      not good at reading, eh?

      December 8, 2011 at 11:20 am |
    • Tea Party Crasher

      I believe you missed the joke. I'm guessing he was implying that he wanted to see a live feed of the 500 lashes.

      December 8, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
  14. PooCorn

    I'd probably get shot on sight just for stepping foot in that country if blasphemy is a crime.

    December 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
    • Tea Party Crasher

      I hope so!

      December 8, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
  15. sean

    Mohammad is a warlord who spread his religion with the sword and killed those who opposed him. Oh, yeah and he married an 8 YEAR OLD GIRL as an old man. Disgusting p..e..d..o..p..h..i..l..e false prophet.

    December 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
  16. sean

    f...u...c...k ... Islam

    December 7, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • hawaiiduude

      f...u...c...k... israeli jews

      December 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
    • tea party

      f....u...c...k hawidud

      December 8, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
    • Joe Bane

      and religion itself...it's a myth!

      December 11, 2011 at 10:56 am |
  17. Thinker2

    @Barfy Spewsalot – the "Christians" who did those things were NOT real christians... The real Christians of the Middle Ages were also tortured and massacred.

    December 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • Nonimus

      The number of persons fitting all the definitions of "real" Christians, is precisely zero. Yes, including Him.

      December 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
    • Randumb Werd Jenorator

      god enjoys torture and massacre. Haven't you read the bible? For christ's sake, there's blood and guts all over that book.

      December 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  18. Quid Malmborg

    Bogosity of bogosities, all is bogosity. Anyone up for a cultural ban of Saudi Arabia? Too bad we can't boycott their petroleum. That seems to be the only thing of theirs worth buying. We've got plenty of sand here in the US of A!

    December 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  19. News Flash

    Maybe he could offer to burn his dog as a sacrifice, and that would pay for his sin.

    December 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  20. Bro4OBAMA

    Pay attention Republitards, if you keep trying to drag religion into Washington, this is out future.

    December 7, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • Tea Party Crasher

      Not to poo on your doorstep, but your bro hasn't exactly lit the path for a bright future either.

      December 8, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
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