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AGDaily BUZZ is All New!!!

AGDaily BUZZ is All New!!!

| September 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

AGDaily is our newest column. Here you will find out what’s buzzing every day. AGDaily features daily news from around the world, daily inspiration, daily thoughts, entertainment and more. Check it out every day, all day. AGDailyMore Posts

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Studio D’Maxsi Lights Up the Runway During AFWNY12

Studio D’Maxsi Lights Up the Runway During AFWNY12

| September 7, 2012 | 3 Comments

Studio D’Maxsi Designer, Afua Sam, is constantly on the go, and on Saturday, July 14, 2012, her designs made its premiere appearance at the annual African Fashion Week event in New York City. We have shared some of her designs below with our thoughts on each outfit:   Photo Credit: Images by McCoy AGDailyMore Posts

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Drop death sentences for men convicted of “sorcery” in Saudi Arabia

Drop death sentences for men convicted of “sorcery” in Saudi Arabia

| September 8, 2010
08 September 2010

Amnesty International is calling on the Saudi Arabian King to take the opportunity of the end of Ramadan to commute the death sentences against two foreign natonals convicted of “sorcery”.

Amnesty International is calling on the Saudi Arabian King to take the opportunity of the end of Ramadan to commute the death sentences against two foreign natonals convicted of “sorcery”.

The King often issues pardons for prisoners during and just after Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting that is this year expected to end on 9 September. A moratorium on executions is observed throughout the month as well.

Amnesty International is also urging that ‘Ali Hussain Sibat, a Lebanese national, and ‘Abdul Hamid al-Fakki, a Sudanese national, be released immediately and unconditionally if they have been convicted solely for acts amounting to the peaceful exercise of their rights to freedom of expression and freedom of religion.

‘Ali Hussain Sibat, who is 46 and has five children, was a presenter on a show on the Lebanese satellite TV station Sheherazade in which he gave advice and predictions about the future. He was arrested by the Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (CPVPV), also known as the Mutawa’een (religious police), on charges of “sorcery” in May 2008 while he was in Saudi Arabia to perform a form of Muslim pilgrimage, the umra.

‘Ali Hussain Sibat was sentenced to death by a court in Madina on 9 November 2009 after secret court hearings where he had no legal representation or assistance.

In January, the Court of Appeal in Makkah upheld an appeal against his death sentence on the grounds that it was a premature verdict. The Court of Appeal said that all allegations made against ‘Ali Hussain Sibat had to be verified and that if he had really committed the crime he should be asked to repent.

He was tried again before the original court in Madina, which, on 10 March, upheld the death sentence . The judges in a statement said that he deserved to receive the death penalty because he had practised “sorcery” publicly for several years before millions of viewers and that his actions made him an infidel. The case is now again before the Court of Appeal in Makkah for a further review.

‘Abdul Hamid bin Hussain bin Moustafa al-Fakki, who is aged about 36, was arrested on 8 December 2005 in Madina by members of the Mutawa’een.

He was accused of practising sorcery, after a man working for the CPVPV entrapped him by asking him to produce a spell that would lead to the man’s father leaving his second wife. ‘Abdul Hamid al-Fakki apparently said he would do this in exchange for 6,000 Saudi Arabian riyals (approximately US$1,600). Following his arrest, he was questioned and apparently beaten and is believed to have confessed to carrying out acts of “sorcery”.

‘Abdul Hamid al-Fakki was sentenced to death for “sorcery” by the General Court in Madina on 27 March 2007 for sorcery. He had no legal assistance and very little is known about his trial proceedings as they were held in secret. He is still held in Madina Prison.

Image: ‘Ali Hussain Sibat © Private

Please add your signature to the petition below to the Saudi Arabian King, calling on him to take the opportunity of the end of Ramadan to commute the death sentences against two foreign natonals convicted of “sorcery”.

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Nigeria must free Patrick Okoroafor!

Nigeria must free Patrick Okoroafor!

| September 3, 2010
03 September 2010

Patrick Okoroafor was just 14 years old when he was arrested in May 1995. Two years later, he was sentenced to death for robbery.

Patrick Okoroafor was just 14 years old when he was arrested in May 1995. Two years later, he was sentenced to death for robbery, along with six others. He did not have the right to appeal and was reported to have been tortured while in police detention.

In 2001, his sentence of death was pronounced “illegal, null and void”, and instead changed to detention “during the pleasure of the governor”. In 2008, the Imo State Prerogative of Mercy Committee recommended that his sentence be changed to life imprisonment.

In May 2009, Patrick’s life sentence was commuted to ten years by the Governor of Imo State. However, the ten year sentence commenced on 29 May 2009 and did not take into account the 14 years Patrick has already spent in prison.

Patrick is now thirty years old and has spent over half of his life in detention.

Prison has had serious consequences for Patrick’s health; he suffers from asthma attacks described by prison authorities as “frequent and life-threatening”. A prison doctor has recommended that Patrick be released because of his health.

Patrick was a victim of a miscarriage of justice. His right to a fair hearing within a reasonable time and before an independent and impartial tribunal was violated. Owing to these factors, the torture and ill-treatment he suffered while in detention, and the amount of time that he has already spent in prison and on death row, Amnesty International has been campaigning for the immediate release of Patrick Okoroafor from prison.

On 1 October, Nigeria celebrates 50 years of independence. Amnesty International is calling on the President of Nigeria to obtain Patrick’s immediate and unconditional release from prison and allow him to celebrate Nigeria’s 50 years of independence at home with his family.

Sign the petition to the President of Nigeria, His Excellency Goodluck Jonathan

Image: Patrick Okoroafor in prison. © Private

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