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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