Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Poor Muhammad Poor Kuwaiti Ten Years For a Tweet

I despair, I really do; these people are insane.

Muhammad brutally assaulted via Twitter; criminal sentenced to 10 years
by: Mike Daniels

Rather than defending the all-powerful Allah from nasty words, a Kuwait court has instead defended a collection of dead people from “blasphemy”.

A court sentenced a 26-year-old Kuwaiti to 10 years in prison on Monday after ruling that he had endangered state security by insulting the Prophet Mohammed, his wife Ayesha and his companions on social media, 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 told AFP.

Naqi 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.

The particular assaults–that is, tweets–are not available for review, so we don’t know exactly what he said. We do know that the plaintiff and some Kuwaiti politicians called for the death penalty:

The civil plaintiff arguing the case against Naqi, as well as some Kuwaiti politicians, had called for Naqi to be executed in a case that stoked sectarian tensions in the Gulf state.

“This verdict is a deterrent to those who insult the Prophet Mohammad, his companions and the mothers of the believers,” civil plaintiff Dowaem al-Mowazry said in a text message.

Naqi was also attacked in prison by a fellow inmate.

If the fellow inmate is so devout, why is he in prison? Always a curious situation.

Last month, Kuwait’s parliament approved an amendment to their constitution making insulting Allah and Muhammad (by Muslims) punishable by death. Kuwait being a constitutional monarchy, Sheikh Sabah would have to approve the measure, and has not yet done so. He recently declined to approve a proposal to make all Kuwait law comply with Shariah law. secularnewsdaily


Anonymous said...

Sunnis and Shiites

Himself said...

I'm paraphrasing.

The Crusaders were at an advantage in the 1st? 2nd? 3rd? crusade, because the Sunnis and Shiites were too busy falling out.

If things don't change, they'll stay as they are.

(Peace Be Upon Him) Recurring


Anonymous said...

plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose - Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

Himself said...

Merci, but not quite what I was trying to get across.