Nigerian boy defended by Auschwitz Memorial Director freed from jail

Omar Farouq, a 13-year old Nigerian boy, who was sentenced to jail for 10 years for blasphemy, has been freed. For the past several months, the Director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, Piotr Cywiński, has been appealing for Omar’s release and even offered to take the boy’s place in jail.

“It is a great victory for all the people of Nigeria” tweeted the Museum after Omar’s release.

In August 2020, Omar Farouq was sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment and hard labour after a school fight during which he uttered some blasphemous words. The incident took place in Kano province, whose inhabitants are predominantly Muslim. The court operating according to Sharia law sentenced Omar as an adult as he had already reached puberty.