Atheist was sentenced to 2000 lashes and 10 years in prison by Saudi court

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Religious police monitors social networking sites actively in Saudi Arabia. One of their search revealed well over 600 messages posted on Twitter by the accused man who was later brought in front of a Saudi Arabian court in Riyadh. The man, who will remain anonymous, admitted in court that he is an atheist. Furthermore, he explained that he only posted messages that reflected his own beliefs, which he has a right to express.

In the messages which were brought in court to be analysed, the atheist also accused all prophets of lying and explained how their teaching fueled wars and different hostilities throughout time. Two years ago under the rule of the late King Abdullah, Saudi Arabia introduced new laws under which atheists were seem and prosecuted as terrorists. His sentence was thus expected. He received 10 years in jail, a fine of 20,000 riyals ($5318) and a punishment of 2000 lashes only for expressing his personal views publicly.

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