AFP – A Saudi journalist accused of posting tweets deemed insulting to Islam’s Prophet Mohammed was on Tuesday freed from detention after 20 months, a human rights activist said.
Hamza Kashgari fled Saudi Arabia to Malaysia in February 2012 after receiving death threats for tweets on the occasion of the prophet’s birthday.
Photo: A Saudi man looks at Twitter on his desktop in Riyadh
The Malaysian authorities immediately sent him back to Saudi Arabia, where he was arrested and told he faced blasphemy charges, which carry the death penalty.
His release Tuesday was announced on social networking sites and confirmed by human rights activist Walid Abulkheir.
“The authorities freed Kashgari at 6.30 am (0330 GMT),” Abulkheir told AFP.
On the occasion of the Muslim prophet’s birthday, Kashgari tweeted: “I have loved things about you and I have hated things about you and there is a lot I don’t understand about you.”
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