Saudi Arabia sentences a man to 10 years in jail and 2,000 lashes for being an atheist

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The controversial terrorism laws were introduced by King Abdullah, who died in January last year

  • The unnamed 28-year-old posted more than 600 tweets before his arrest
  • He stated that he had the right to express his beliefs
  • Under Saudi law, professing atheist views is considered terrorism
  • The man was also fined the equivalent of £4,000 

A Saudi Arabian court has ordered a man should be given 2,000 lashes and spend 10 years in prison because he ridiculed the Koran and denied the existence of God on Twitter.

The 28-year-old was sentenced after the state’s Islamic police discovered 600 tweets professing his atheism.


Under laws introduced two years ago, atheism is defined as ‘terrorism’.

The defiant man said the social media posts reflected his beliefs and said he had the right to express them.

Police found his tweets ridiculed verses from the Koran, accused all prophets of lying, stating that religious teaching fuelled hostilities, and denying the existence of God.

He was also fined around £4,000, The Sun reports.

 

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