According to The Wall Street Journal, a Saudi columnist, who tweeted about the Prophet Muhammad, was arrested in Malaysia after he fled Saudi Arabia because he feared for his life.
Hamza Kashgari was detained at Kuala Lumpur International Airport at the request of Saudi authorities, according to Malaysia’s Home Affairs ministry.
The Saudi Arabian government has not commented since they said that “Mr. Kashgari had been banned from writing for publication and would be subject to legal action.”
Kashgari wrote a series of musings on Saturday Feb. 4 about an “imagined meeting with the Prophet Muhammad.” This angered many religious conservatives. Supporters of Kashgari being punished joined campaigns on Facebook, Youtube and Twitter calling for him to be executed.
Fearing for his life, Kashgari fled Monday Feb. 6 or Tuesday Feb 7.
According to the article, King Abdullah had ordered Mr. Kashgari’s arrest and an investigation.
What is Kashgari’s crime? Using his human right of freedom of expression and thought. And for it he is being sought after. Instead of releasing him to Saudi Arabia where he will likely be jailed or executed, Malaysia should release him because he has done no wrong. He only exercised his right of expression.