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MENAFN - Arab Times - 28/03/2012

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(MENAFN - Arab Times) A team of security officers from the Ministry of Interior arrested Tuesday an unidentified person for allegedly posting blasphemous statements about the Holy Prophet and his wife (Peace Be Upon Them) on his Twitter account.

In a press statement, the ministry revealed the officers took the step in compliance with the directive of First Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Sheikh Ahmad Al-Humoud.

However, the suspect vehemently denied the allegations during the preliminary interrogation, claiming somebody used his Twitter account to post the blasphemous statements. He stressed, "I will never attack the Holy Prophet (PBUH)."

The alleged tweets had drawn various reactions from lawmakers. The action may lead to sectarian conflicts because some lawmakers immediately seized the opportunity to call for killing the suspect, while threatening to grill the minister if he fails to take the necessary action.

MP Bader Al-Dahoum called for killing the suspect, while MP Waleed Al-Tabtabaei warned that the people of Kuwait will be forced to take the law into their hands if the government fails to act accordingly. He said the divine law supersedes man-made regulations or rules.

MP Mohammad Hayef asserted the minister should be wary of the dire consequences if he fails to take action immediately.

MP Abdullah Al-Barghash hinted on the intention to organize a public demonstration if the minister does not shoulder his responsibility to maintain law and order. "For the sake of the Holy Prophet, the minister must apply the law properly before disaster strikes," he said.

Other lawmakers who corroborated their colleagues' views included Adel Damkhi, Khaled Al-Tahous, Osama Al-Shayen, Abdullah Al-Turaiji, Obaid Al-Wasmi, Khalid Shaker, Falah Al-Sawagh, Musallam Al-Barrak and Saad Al-Khanfour.

Meanwhile, MP Hussein Al-Qallaf affirmed his support for calls to refer the suspect to the Public Prosecution. "This is an attack against the Holy Prophet, his wife - the Mother of Believers and his companions, so we demand urgent action from the minister," he concluded.

MP Abdulhameed Dashti said the suspect should be held liable for his action, unless the results of investigation prove his account has been hacked, so whoever is behind the incident must face stiff punishment.

Attorney Khalid Al-Shatti urged the security authorities to consider the fact that some people use accounts of others to instigate sectarian conflicts, divide the country and undermine position of the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

According to sources, a crowd of angry youth and MPs gathered at the State Security building in the district of South Surra in protest, demanding the utmost punishment of the accused citizen while he was detained by the MoI for questioning.

Al-Tabtabaei claimed "that investigations have proven that the account belongs to the accused and was not hacked."


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