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In this undated photo posted on the Instagram account of Ashraf Fayadh, Palestinian artist Ashraf Fayadh poses for a picture. When Fayadh was tried last year on blasphemy-related charges, the Saudi judges overseeing the case rejected the prosecution’s request for a death sentence for apostasy. Instead, he was sentenced to 800 lashes and four years in prison. After an appeal, this time with a different lead judge, threw out critical witness testimony and sentenced the artist to death. Fayadh’s case exemplifies the ways in which Shariah law in Saudi Arabia bends under the whim of judges, leading to vastly different punishments and unexpected outcomes. (Instagram account of Ashraf Fayadh via AP)

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