A 26-year-old Kuwaiti man has been sentenced to ten years in prison for tweeting insults about the Prophet Mohammad and Saudi Arabia and Bahrain rulers.
Reuters reports that Hamad al-Naqi had pleaded innocent on all charges, claiming that his Twitter account had been hacked and he wasn’t the one who tweeted the insults.
The courts decided to punish al-Naqi harshly, however, by giving him the maximum sentence allowed for his crime.
As The Star reports, the judge submitted a written ruling that found him guilty of:
“… insulting the Prophet, the Prophet’s wife and companions, mocking Islam, provoking sectarian tensions, insulting the rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and misusing his mobile phone to spread the comments.”
A civil plaintiff, Dowaem al-Mowazry, has even gone so far as to argue that al-Naqi should be put to death to set an example for others.
al-Naqi’s lawyers have 20 days to appeal the decision, under Kuwaiti law.
And a South Korean man was thrown in jail in January for tweeting sarcastic pro-North sentiment and retweeting the official North Korea Twitter account.
There is also a case before the courts in Turkey, as a pianist waits to hear whether he will be spending a year and a half in jail for anti-Muslim and pro-atheist tweets.
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