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Expat arrested for ‘offensive’ Saudi temple snaps

Indian man allegedly posted photos of Kaaba being replaced by a Hinduism temple on Facebook

Expat arrested for ‘offensive’ Saudi temple snaps
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An Indian man has reportedly been arrested for posting offensive photos of the Holy Haram in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

The man allegedly posted photos of the Kaaba being replaced by a Hinduism temple on his Facebook account, according to the Saudi Gazette.

He faces up to five years in prison and up to SAR3 million in fines, Saleh Al Ghamdi, a Saudi lawyer and former member of the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution, reportedly told the paper.

The Saudi information crimes prevention charter states that the posting, sharing, saving and creation of offensive Internet content, that violates the general law, religious values, societal principles and users' privacy, is classed as an “information crime”, the lawyer said.

Another lawyer and former member of the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution, Saad Al Malki, said the man has committed a “grave crime” by posting the photo and should be penalised, the newspaper said.

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