‘Insulting’ Mo on Twitter Now Punishable by Death

Posted by on Feb 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm

They really are a sensitive bunch.

A newspaper columnist could be the first person to face the death penalty for remarks he made on Twitter after he was arrested for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad.

Writer Hamza Kashgari fled his native Saudi Arabia for Malaysia after some Islamic clerics called for him to be put to death for his tweet.

But the 23-year-old was arrested as soon as he arrived in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on Thursday and was deported back to Saudi Arabia yesterday despite protests from human rights groups.

Mr Kashgari’s controversial tweet caused uproar with more than 30,000 responses and a number of death threats.

Insulting the prophet is considered blasphemy in Islam and is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia. It is not a capital offence in Malaysia.

More than 13,000 people joined a Facebook page called, ‘The Saudi People Demand the Execution of Hamza Kashgari’.

Imagine the headaches he’d face if he really did something objectionable.

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