Saudi blasphemy case filed against writer – paper

Jeddah Summary Court sends copy of lawsuit filed against writer to justice minister.
Saudi blasphemy case filed against writer – paper
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By Neeraj Gangal
Fri 19 Mar 2010 04:25 PM

Jeddah’s Summary Court is expected to look into complaints raised by a number of people against a Saudi writer for allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), according to a report. Saudi daily Arab News said that the Saudi writer had allegedly described a Hadith of the Prophet as barbaric, during a program on Al Hurra Channel, which is presented by Nadeen Al Badr.

The newspaper’s sources said that the court had sent a copy of the lawsuit filed against the man to Justice Minister Muhammad Al Eissa in order to seek his opinion on the issue.

According to Arab News, the plaintiffs have presented audio and visual evidence to prove their argument.

They believe that the writer’s action would not be accepted by any Muslim who is proud of his religion and hence want the court to give the writer a strong punishment in accordance with the Shariah law.

The plaintiffs have presented a copy of the writer’s interview with the television channel to the court along with their complaint in which they accused the writer of attacking the prophet’s personality, Arab News reported.

Last year, a case had been filed in Saudi Arabia against TV news station Al Arabiya for allegedly making fun of Islam.

The blasphemy allegations had been lodged with the summary court in Jeddah, according to Muhammad Mirdad, a judge at the court but Al Arabiya said it had not received official notification of the case.

In comments published by Arab News, Mirdad said Abdullah Al-Othaim, the chief judge at the court, had received the case, which has been lodged by a group of citizens.

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