Tweeter gets 10 years for prophet insult

2012-06-04 16:01

Kuwait City - A lower court in Kuwait sentenced a Shi'ite tweeter to 10 years in jail on Monday on charges of insulting Islam's Prophet Muhammad, his wife Aisha and companions, his lawyer Khaled al-Shatti said.

"We plan to challenge the ruling against my client Hamad al-Naqi in the appeals court and we are very optimistic that the higher court will cancel the sentence," Shatti said.

Naqi, aged 22, was also charged with insulting the Gulf regimes of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and for spreading false news that undermined Kuwait's image abroad.

The charges were based on a number of tweets on his Twitter account, but Naqi told the interrogators that his account had been hacked, the lawyer said.

Naqi was arrested about three months ago and has been behind bars ever since.

In recent months, Kuwaiti courts have issued jail terms against tweeters and activists amid a sharp rise in sectarian tensions between the emirate's Sunni majority and Shi'ite minority.

Parliament, which is controlled by Islamists and conservatives, last month passed a law stipulating the death penalty for serious religious offences, but the bill has not yet been enacted.

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-04 16:11

    You are sentenced for insulting people who died 2000 years ago?!

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-04 16:17

      Yup, ridiculous to say the least.

      J-Man - 2012-06-04 17:14

      Ja nee. Religion at its best. Pathetic.

      Jaycee Adams - 2012-06-04 17:14

      um so glad i live in SA imagine if i had said sumthin bout Jan Van Riebeck

  • zaatheist - 2012-06-04 16:16

    Certain religious believers want to immunize their religion to public criticism or ridicule. Anytime someone says you can’t criticize their beliefs, it’s because their beliefs are too weak to withstand scrutiny.

  • Rob - 2012-06-04 16:24

    Death for insults... How progressively backward.

  • Muhammad - 2012-06-04 16:47

    He's still having it easy dat Rabish. He sopposed to be killed. Let him come in front of my eyes I will really kill. May my everythng be sacrifaised for da Prophet Muhammad (Sallahu Alaihi Wasalam).

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-06-04 16:53

      Religion of peace? ....bah!

      Martin - 2012-06-04 16:55

      behead those that say islam is violent!!! GO LOOK AT THE PICS ON GOOGLE IMAGE, what kind?

      Francois - 2012-06-04 17:14

      Including good grammar.

      zama.mhlongo.14 - 2012-06-04 17:33

      You sound like a suicide bomber broe. Like you are ready to let go of that detornator. Cool down man, please.

      zaatheist - 2012-06-04 17:44

      Muhammad Ahmad knows Zulu and 3 other languages. Well English is certainly not one of them and I am inclined to call poe.

      Suki - 2012-06-04 17:45

      So I take it you did not celebrate "draw mohammed day" last month muhammad?

  • jaba.kov - 2012-06-04 17:22

    Democracy vrs Islam Freedom vrs Incarceration

  • Kagiso Spat Truthtell - 2012-06-04 17:30

    We need these kinda laws in SA...u insult our President u go to jail or u must be stoned till u die. U r lucky u in SA Murray...try insult the Islamists or Jews en lets see how long u can last.

      heiku.staude - 2012-06-04 18:03

      Hello Zuma is an idiot. That is all. (Freedom is free)

  • Terry - 2012-06-04 17:37

    Lets try and see Nandos do an ad that criticises Muslims. They (all top execs) will be shot at dawn. It infuriates me when people mock Christianity, yet they wouldnt dare try it with Islam (the most intolerant religion in world). You hearing me Red Bull? Maybe we Christians should shout more and cow-tow less?

      heiku.staude - 2012-06-04 18:04

      Shouting doesnt help.... You have to strap bombs to yourself and kill as many as possible.

      Mo Iqraam - 2012-06-04 18:12

      do not judge islam on this particular conflict. you have absolutely no right to do so.does christianity teach u to do such???

  • Mo Iqraam - 2012-06-04 18:17

    listen u idiots... you hav been influenced by d western culture who claim tat all muslims are terrorists nothing. why dont you open a quraan and read. u will realise the level of logic

  • Ridwaan Moola - 2012-06-04 19:01

    @jaba. Please do proper research before opening your mouth with your less than informed brain.. Islam is submission,but to what ; is what you fail to include... To the laws of Allah (god) and the ways of prophet Muhammad .( peace be upon him)... Which is NOT to spread Islam by the sword,rather by way of life... Especially in simplicity and tolerance. If you would like to learn without the hurl of insults and to better equip your mind with the teachings of Islam before shooting off your mouth next time, please post your email and I will gladly chat to you. The problem with most of the world today is that people seem to think they have a right to judge and condemn others... Is it my right to judge what you believe in?? Or to force an action upon you?? I don't think so Before commenting on anything in life,do your research properly,don't be narrow minded or foolish to believe what's in the media, as that individual may have a one track mind like yourself and with no evidence or knowledge , would like to impose that belief on others of the same intelligence... My offer is open to you and anyone else wanting to learn... Unless you guys think I wud secretly plant a virus that will automatically take over the current in your house or office and create a virtual bomb that would incinerate everything around you ... :))) loll

      Suki - 2012-06-05 09:56

      OK Ridwaan, I'm willing to listen, but keep in mind I have the right to question.

      Tari897 - 2012-06-08 11:00

      Ok so you can explain your views/beliefs cos yes we do have less informed brains, but remember that is because we dont know nor follow the relion, what we do know and follow is news and the news tells us planty about the suicide bombers and activist in the name os Islam, so im not condemning and judging but i hope you know in the wastern world with war so rife in the muslim countries, its obvious to believe what you see.....

  • Patsy - 2012-06-08 10:10

    Certainly NOT a democracy!!!!

  • edward.herbst - 2012-06-08 10:43

    SSShhhheeeeeeiite that is heavy

  • callie.jordaan - 2012-06-17 12:50

    doesn't actually matter if you insult or follow Muhammad... your prophet is burning in hell because he did not repent & wanted to be like Jesus Christ.

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