Saudi man sentenced to 10 years and 2,000 lashes over tweets
A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a man to 10 years in prison and 2,000 lashes for expressing his atheism in hundreds of Twitter posts.
Religious police in charge of monitoring social networks found more than 600 tweets denying the existence of God, ridiculing Koranic verses, accusing all prophets of lies and saying their teachings fuelled hostilities, the Al-Watan online daily reported.
The 28-year-old man admitted to being an atheist and refused to repent, saying that what he wrote reflected his own beliefs and that he had the right to express them, Al-Watan said.
The report did not name the man.
The court also fined him 20,000 riyals (€4,877).