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Saudi man sentenced to a 10-year jail term for expressing atheism on Twitter

Posted by doctore0 on February 29, 2016

Crazy religious nutters

and free from dogma

and free from dogma

A Saudi Arabian court sentenced a man to a ten year jail term and 2,000 lashes for expressing his atheism on Twitter. He almost wrote hundreds of such social media posts to express his disbelief towards Quran and its verses.

According to a report this 28-year-old man has accepted being an atheist and does not feel guilty as he says that whatever he shared, is his personal view and he has the right to express it. Although, the report does not name the person.

In Focus
Al-Watan, online daily reported on Saturday that the ‘religious police’ found more than 600 such tweets denying the existence of almighty and ridiculing the Quranic verses and accusing all the prophets to utter lies along with claiming the teachings to ignite hostilities among people.

The court also fined him 20,000 riyals (US$ 5,300). According to the report released from Human Rights Watch, in 2014, under the late Saudi King Abdullah, the oil-rich kingdom introduced a series of new laws which defined atheists as terrorists.
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