Omar Farouq Biography — Wiki
Omar Farouq is a Nigerian teen who was convicted in the northwest of the country of blasphemy, has had his sentence overturned, his lawyer said Friday. The appellate division of the Kano State High Court set aside Farouq’s sentence on Thursday because he did not have legal representation at his first trial.
A Sharia court in Kano State convicted Farouq in August last year and sentenced him to ten years in prison after he was accused of using foul language toward Allah in an argument with a friend, his counsel Kola Alapinni told CNN.
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Omar Farouq Blasphemy
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, 2020.
Farouq was tried as an adult because he has attained puberty and has full responsibility under Islamic law. He said he found out about Farouq’s case by chance when working on the case of Sharif-Aminu, who was sentenced to death for blasphemy at the Kano Upper Sharia Court.
Omar Farouq Sentence, Trial, Release
Omar Farouq was convicted on August 10 for making “a blasphemous statement against Prophet Mohammed in a WhatsApp Group,” the judgment document stated. Blasphemy is an offense that carries the death sentence under Kano State’s Sharia Penal Code.
He will be released Monday after being in captivity for over five months with no access to family or lawyers.
The Sharia court judgment which was nullified Thursday described him as a 17-year-old minor, but Alapinni told CNN his client is 13. lapinni said Farouq’s mother had fled to a neighboring town after mobs descended on their home following his arrest.
“We now need to arrange safe passage for him. His life is in danger in Kano — it will never be the same,” said Alapinni.
The Auschwitz Memorial in Poland has offered to fundraise to pay for Farouq’s education.
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Omar Farouq Bashir is free.
It’s a great victory for all the people of Nigeria. We wish to thank everyone who got engaged to free the child. As promised, we will soon begin fundraising for Omar’s education. We are all part of one humanity. https://t.co/ufyjLYgaZ0
— Auschwitz Memorial (@AuschwitzMuseum) January 21, 2021