Saudi, Riyadh: Yesterday, a news paper reported, a Saudi who used Twitter to call for the release of prisoners convicted of “terrorism” and security offences has been jailed for 10 years. The Okaz daily said the accused, who was not named, opened several Twitter accounts.
A special court for terrorism cases found him guilty of using the accounts to “call for protests and spread chaos to release detainees that are held for security and terrorism charges”. It said, he also joined a protest calling for the release of one detainee outside the prisoner’s home.
Twitter is widely used in the conservative kingdom, which has repeatedly denounced bombings and shootings carried out in various countries by the Islamic State group and other extremists. The kingdom itself has been targeted in attacks claimed by IS against minority sects and members of the security forces.