As of August 2012, Saudi Arabian writer Hamza Kashgari faced a trial for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad on Twitter, writes Brian Pellot.
On February 4, 2012 Saudi Arabian writer Hamza Kashgari was accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in three short tweets. One message read, “On your birthday, I find you wherever I turn. I will say that I have loved aspects of you, hated others, and could not understand many more.” Others said, “I shall not pray to you. I shall not bow to you. I shall not kiss your hand.” Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah ordered Kashgari’s arrest, and an army of offended Twitter and Facebook users called for his death. Kashgari quickly deleted the posts, issued an apology, and fled the country. During a stopover in Malaysia, another predominantly Muslim country, authorities detained and later deported Kashgari back to Saudi Arabia. Human Rights groups and local lawyers expect him to be charged with blasphemy, which carries the death penalty. Kashgari’s trial awaits.