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File: Saudi's new Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz
File: Saudi's new Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz
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Saudi man arrested after tweeting about the Prophet Muhammad

Hamza Kashgari has been arrested after tweeting about what he would say to the Prophet Muhammad if he met him. A Sheikh has called for petitions to be sent to the Crown Prince (pictured) about the incident.
Feb 10th 2012, 6:42 PM 5,138 55

A SAUDI MAN has been arrested after tweeting about the Prophet Muhammad.

The Wall St Journal reports that Hamza Kashgari (23) was arrested in Malaysia at Kuala Lumpur airport.

Kashgari is a newspaper columnist who tweeted about what he would say to the Prophet Muhammad if he met him – and those tweets led to calls for his execution.

The Daily Beast says that Kashgari apologised after being accused of blasphemy.

One Saudi Sheikh, Nasser Al Omar, pleaded to the King of Saudi to execute Kashgari after his comments, which he called “shameful”.

In a video posted online, he said that petitions should be sent to the King and Crown Prince as well as others “before God sends down his punishment to us”.

The Malaysian authorities will most likely sent Kashgari back to Saudi Arabia, the New York Times reports, saying that rights groups including Amnesty International have said they are concerned about his safety.

It is believed Kashgari left Saudi Arabia because he feared for his safety.

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