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Mail Online, London, 2 January 2014
Saudi Twitter user is jailed for three months and sentenced to 80 lashes for falsely accusing a Kuwaiti pop star of adultery
The Saudi national was apparently a fan of a rival pop star
He accused the Kuwaiti singer Shams of adultery without proof
Islamic law stipulates flogging for those who accuse others of having affairs without proof
The man also posted fabricated photos of the singer
By Tara Brady
A Saudi court has sentenced a man convicted of defaming a Kuwaiti singer by accusing her on Twitter of adultery to three months in jail and 80 lashes.
The Saudi national, apparently a fan of a rival pop star, was sentenced for accusing Kuwaiti singer Shams of adultery without providing proof, the Saudi Sabq news website cited the verdict as saying.
The ruling is based on Islamic sharia law which stipulates flogging for those who accuse others of having extra-marital sex without giving proof.
The man was also jailed for three months and fined 10,000 riyals ($2,700), the news website said.
Shams had filed a libel case against the man who owned a Twitter account titled in Arabic 'the lawyer of Queen Ahlam,' another Gulf pop star.
As well as accusing Shams of adultery, he posted fabricated photos depicting her in 'obscene' situations, Sabq said, without elaborating.
The microblogging website is hugely popular in Saudi Arabia, which is also one of the 10-most censored countries for media, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.
Some 41 per cent of internet users in the oil-rich kingdom use Twitter, a study published by the US-based Business Insider website found.
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Emirates 24/7, Dubai, UAE, 7 January 2014
Jail, lashes for 7 Saudi men caught at mixed party with alcohol
Police raided rest house in western town of Taif
A Saudi court sentenced seven men to long jail terms and
ordered them lashed 99 times each in front of a girls' college
after they were caught at a mixed party with alcohol in the
conservative Gulf Kingdom, a newspaper said on Tuesday.
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