Web Desk: Several took to Twitter to taunt Saudi Arabia after the state reportedly threatened legal action against Twitter users who compared its decision to execute a poet to punishments carried out by the Islamic State.
According to Reuters, the Kingdom’s justice ministry official was quoted by the government-aligned Al Riyadh newspaper as saying, “The justice ministry will sue the person who described … the sentencing of a man to death for apostasy as being ‘ISIS-like.’”
The announcement came after a Twitter user compared the Kingdom’s decision to sentence 35-year-old Palestinian poet, Ashraf Fayadh, for apostasy, to the punishments handed out by ISIS.
“Questioning the fairness of the courts is to question the justice of the Kingdom and its judicial system based on Islamic law, which guarantees rights and ensures human dignity,” the source told the pro-government newspaper.
However, undeterred by the threat, many took to Twitter asking the Saudi government to ‘sue them.’
A Saudi Arabian court sentenced the Palestinian poet to death for apostasy, abandoning his Muslim faith, according to trial documents seen by Human Rights Watch, its Middle East researcher Adam Coogle said on Friday. Ashraf Fayadh was detained by the country’s religious police in 2013 in Abha, in southwest Saudi Arabia, and then rearrested and tried in early 2014.