Tweeter jailed for 'insulting' religion
21 February 2012, 09:13
Kuwait - Kuwait's public prosecutor has ordered a Sunni tweeter to be
detained for 21 days pending investigation on charges of allegedly
insulting the faith of the Shi'ite minority, his lawyer said on Monday.
al-Mulaifi was summoned by the Kuwaiti secret service on February 11
after he wrote an article on his Twitter account that contained material
deemed offensive to Shi'ites, Yacoub Bahbood said.
questioned over a number of charges by the prosecutor who on Sunday
ordered his detention for three weeks, the lawyer said.
Shi'ites, who make up around a third of the native population of 1.17
million, staged a rally in protest against the article and demanded that
authorities take action.
Mulaifi was questioned on charges of
disparaging the Shi'ite faith, promoting for a group that aims at
dismantling the foundations of the society and spreading false news that
undermines the image of Kuwait, Bahbood said.
an employee of the ministry of Islamic affairs and a writer,
categorically denied all the charges and insisted that he did not mean
to insult any faith, the lawyer said.
Sectarian tensions between
Sunnis and Shi'ites in the Gulf state increased rapidly in the past
several months, reflecting regional tension over Bahrain and Syria.
Bahbood said he will appeal again for the public prosecutor to release his client, who is a widower and has four children.
courts in September sentenced a Sunni and a Shi'ite activist to three
months in jail each for writing sectarian remarks on their Twitter
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