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Man Arrested In Kuwait After Tweets Allegedly Criticize Prophet Muhammad

Posted: 03/28/2012 12:53 pm Updated: 03/28/2012 3:06 pm

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A man was arrested in Kuwait Tuesday for allegedly Tweeting negative remarks regarding the Prophet Muhammad.

The man, identified as Hamad Al-Naqi by the Kuwait Times, was taken into custody by Kuwaiti authorities for blasphemy against the Islamic prophet.

Al-Naqi denied sending the messages and said his Twitter account was hacked, but Gulf News reports he later took responsibility for the actions.

In a statement, the Interior Ministry said it vowed to "show zero tolerance in combating such serious offenses," Reuters reports.

Some lawmakers called for Al-Naqi's arrest and punishment after news of his allegedly slanderous remarks spread, according to a previous report by the Kuwait Times. Officials even threatened to organize protests if proper actions weren't taken against the man.

The Tweets in question are reminiscent of a previous incident involving Saudi Arabian journalist Hamza Kashgari, who had Tweeted about a fictional conversation with the Prophet Muhammed, the Next Web reports. Kashgari faced severe backlash before he reportedly apologized for the messages.

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