Saudi Arabia Sentences Man To 10 Years In Prison And 2000 Lashes Over Atheism Tweets


A man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and 2000 lashes after he expressed his atheist views on Twitter in Saudi Arabia.

Police found over 500 tweets from the 28-year-old, whose identity is not known, which denied the existence of God.

Many of the Tweets also accused all prophets of lying and said their teaching encouraged war.

The 28-year-old admitted to being an atheist at a court in Riyadh.

He said in court that he felt he had the right to express his views and beliefs.

The court also fined him 20,000 riyals.

Under new laws, anyone who is an atheist is categorized as a terrorist.

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 fueled hostilities.

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