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Auschwitz Memorial Appeals To Nigerian Government To Share Teenage Boy’s Blasphemy Jail Term

Unic Press UK: The director of Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum (Auschwitz Memorial), Piotr Cywinski, has appealed to the Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and cause a pardon in the case of a 13-year-old boy named Omar Farouq, who was convicted of blasphemy in a Sharia court in Kano State, and sentenced to 10-year jail term.

In the letter dated 25 September 2020, Cywinski said:

“As the director of the Auschwitz Memorial, that commemorates the victims and preserves the remains of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp, where children were imprisoned and murdered, I cannot remain indifferent to this disgraceful sentence for humanity.”

In his appeal for a pardon for Omar Farouq, Cywinski volunteered to lead 120 adult volunteers to share/serve the 120 months jail term on behalf of the teenage boy by serving 1-month jail term each if indeed the words of the 13-year-old boy requires a 10-year imprisonment.

“… if it turns out that the words of this child absolutely require 120 months of imprisonment, and even you are not able to change that, I suggest that in place of the child, 120 adult volunteers from all over the world, gathered by us – myself personally among them – should each serve a month in a Nigerian prison.”

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