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14-year-old girl executed by stoning for opening a Facebook account

By Mason White 6:06 AM February 20, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
A teen girl was arrested, charged and convicted of crimes similar to adultery after opening a Facebook account, prosecutors in Syria said.

The execution took place in the city of Rakka. The girl, 14-year-old Fatoum Al-Jassem, was sentenced to death by stoning by the Al-Reqqa court after being arrested by rebel forces.

The court ruled that having a Facebook account was equivalent to adultery and therefore, she was sentenced to death.

The court also described the opening of a Facebook account as an act of great evil that deserved severe punishment.

International human rights activists have condemned the execution as extremely inhumane.