Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 June 2019

Man on trial for insulting Prophet Mohammed on Facebook

Defendant tells court he wasn't aware it was an insult to Islam

An Indian man posted an insulting drawing of the Prophet Mohammed on his Facebook page, Dubai Court of First Instance was told on Thursday.

The 34-year-old man is accused of insulting Islam and disrespecting religion, according to court documents.

The defendant's colleague, an Indian sales representative, captured the post and reported the incident to the Bur Dubai police station. It wasn’t clear in court documents when the complaint was filed, but the incident occurred on September 30.

A 34-year-old police officer who arrested the defendant said his phone was confiscated. The defendant told prosecutors that he shared the drawing without being aware it’s an insult to Islam or the Prophet Mohammed.

The hearing was adjourned until late this month.

Updated: November 17, 2017 01:49 PM