Mayor Ruddock joins anger over Baha'i death sentence

Posted: Monday 15 January, 2018

    Hornsby Shire Mayor Philip Ruddock has joined the local Baha’i community in expressing outrage over the death sentence of Hamed bin Haydara in Yemen.

    Mr Haydara, who has been detained since 2013, received the death sentence on 2 January on charges of disseminating the beliefs of his faith and spying for Israel.

    “I have been approached by members of the Baha’i community over this matter and I strongly agree with their concerns,” Mayor Ruddock said.

    “It is appalling to see the religious freedom of any group challenged in such a fundamental way.

    “I have had close contact with the Baha’i in Hornsby Shire over many years and they are a valuable part of our local community.

    “I share their anger over this matter and I join them in voicing my outrage at such a gross violation of human rights.”

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