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Saudi blogger held for “blasphemy” released after almost two years in jail

Hamza Kashgari was detained for 625 days for tweeting a mock conversation between himself and the prophet Mohammed.

By Milana Knezevic / 29 October 2013


kashgariSaudi journalist and blogger Hamza Kashgari, detained for 625 days on blasphemy charges, has been released.

The news was confirmed  by Saudi human rights activist Walid Abulkheir, who told AFP: “The authorities freed Kashgari at 6.30 am (0330 GMT)”

This morning, Kashgari himself tweeted: “Mornings of hope…souls that live and never die. Thanks to God.”

The 23-year-old writer was arrested in 2011 when he tweeted a mock conversation between himself and the prophet Mohammed which sparked furious responses, including death threats.

He tried to flee Saudi Arabia, but was detained in Malaysia and deported following a request by Interpol on behalf of Saudi authorities.

Blasphemy is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia.


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About Milana Knezevic

Milana Knezevic is the Assistant Editor, Online and News of Index on Censorship


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One Response to Saudi blogger held for “blasphemy” released after almost two years in jail

  1. Jonathan Moremi

    30 October at 18:09

    You shouldn’t continue to tell a story that is not true. Interpol did NOT request the deportation of him. It was a lie by Malaysia who wanted to please the friend Saudi Arabia and made up this story. Interpol at the time reacted swiftly assuring that they had NOT put out such a request and that it was in fact made up by Malaysia. Don’t transport the lies of Malaysia on and recreate it thus in the net. Please stick to the facts that have been established at the time. News reporting should be prudent and not carry false reports.

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