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RIYADH — A young Saudi journalist accused of tweeting insults against Islam’s Prophet Mohammed is awaiting interrogation by Saudi authorities, his lawyer told AFP on Tuesday.

Hamza Kashgari “has not yet been interrogated and we hope this issue ends before it reaches the attorney general,” Abdulrahman Allahem said.

The 23-year-old blogger fled to Malaysia after his comments sparked a wave of condemnations and threats against his life, but was deported back to Saudi Arabia on Sunday.

Saudi English-language daily Arab News reported earlier this week that Kashgari would face blasphemy charges.


The journalist’s fate lies with the Saudi information ministry, which will decide whether or not to prosecute, said Allahem, adding that Kashgari’s tweets were “out of love for the prophet and not meant to insult him or Allah.”

On the occasion of the Muslim prophet’s birthday, Kashgari tweeted: “I have loved things about you and I have hated…

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I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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