x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Saudi fan jailed, faces 80 lashes for Twitter libel of Kuwaiti singer Shams

RIYADH // 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, according to news reports in the kingdom.

The Saudi national, apparently a fan of UAE diva Ahlam, 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 Sharia law which stipulates flogging for those who accuse others of adultary without giving proof.

The man was also jailed for three months and fined 10,000 riyals.

Shams had filed a libel case against the man who owned a Twitter account titled in Arabic “the lawyer of Queen Ahlam.”

As well as accusing Shams of adultery, he posted fabricated photos depicting her in “obscene” situations, Sabq reported said.

Some 41 per cent of internet users in Saudi use Twitter, a study published by the US-based Business Insider website found.

* Agence France-Presse