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Cleric Denies Insulting Religious Figure on “Twitter”, Says He was Making “Scientific Debate”

2018-08-09 - 7:36 p

Bahrain Mirror: A cleric denied insulting a religious figure via his "Twitter" account and said that he was making a "scientific debate". The minor court considered the incident. The suspect denied the charge attributed to him and justified his written posts by saying that they are but a discussion for scientific researches, demanding his release, especially that he has been arrested 3 weeks ago.

In his last session held, the court ordered to imprison the suspect until the date of the coming session, August 14, in order to assign a lawyer and present a plea.

The Public Prosecution referred him to trial over charge of insulting a symbol glorified and sacred by a sect of people.

The head of the Northern Governorate Prosecution, Mohammed Salah, said that the Public Prosecutor's Office received a report from the Cybercrimes Department that a person published offensive tweets on his personal account.

He said that the prosecution began investigating the incident and interrogated the accused, who admitted that the account was his own and was confronted with the statements made and offensive phrases used in the account, and ordered holding him for seven days pending investigation.

He was charged with insulting a symbol glorified and sacred by a sect of people, according to article 310 / 2 of the Penal Code.

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