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A young Saudi journalist accused of tweeting insults against Islam’s Prophet Mohammed (sux) is awaiting interrogation by Saudi authorities, his lawyer told AFP on Tuesday.
Hamza Kashgari “has not yet been interrogated and we hope this issue ends before it reaches the attorney general,” Abdulrahman Allahem said.
The 23-year-old blogger fled to Malaysia after his comments sparked a wave of condemnations and threats against his life, but was deported back to Saudi Arabia on Sunday.
Saudi English-language daily Arab News reported earlier this week that Kashgari would face blasphemy charges.
The journalist’s fate lies with the Saudi information ministry, which will decide whether or not to prosecute, said Allahem, adding that Kashgari’s tweets were “out of love for the prophet and not meant to insult him or Allah.”
On the occasion of the Muslim prophet’s birthday, Kashgari tweeted: “I have loved things about you and I have hated things about you and there is a lot I don’t understand about you.
“I will not pray for you.”
His post sparked outrage and prompted thousands to call on a Facebook page entitled “The Saudi people demand Hamza Kashgari’s execution” for him to be executed. The page already has more than 23,000 members.
The European Union said Monday that it was “deeply disappointed” that Malaysia deported Kashgari.
“The EU will continue taking all appropriate steps to achieve a positive outcome of Mr Kashgari’s case,” said Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton.
Kashgari was a columnist at the Jeddah-based Al-Bilad newspaper, which fired him after the controversy over his tweets.
Insulting the Mohammed is considered blasphemous in Islam and is a crime punishable by death in ultra-conservative Saudi Arabia.
Rights groups warned that deporting Kashgari would be akin to a death sentence.
Kashgari quickly apologized for his comments, tweeting: “I have made a mistake, and I hope Allah and all those whom I have offended will forgive me.”
A committee of top clerics branded Kashgari an “infidel” and demanded his trial in an Islamic court.
Others have defended Kashgari.
Prominent Saudi cleric Salman al-Odeh tweeted: “His repentance from what he said has comforted me. I feel the sincerity of his statements and call onto my brothers to pray for him.”