Indian arrested in Saudi Arabia for posting blasphemous image

| Friday, March 6, 2015 - 18:13
First Published |

Jeddah: An Indian has been arrested in Saudi Arabia for allegedly posting a blasphemous image of the Kaaba on his Facebook page, a local media report in Jeddah said on Thursday.

The Indian expatriate was arrested last month by the police at the airport. He admitted that the Facebook page was his, but said that he had seen a link to the picture on another account and that he had to click "Like" to enable him to see it.

The picture was automatically loaded onto his account for his followers to see, he was quoted as saying by Arab News. However, investigators decided that he was guilty of breaking the Kingdom's cyber law by publishing an offensive picture, the report said.

The Indian man, who was not identified, is said to have been in the Kingdom for only two years and was working for a catering company in Jeddah.

The Kaaba is at the center of Islam's most sacred mosque, Al-Masjid al-Haram, in Mecca. Wherever they are in the world, Muslims are expected to face the Kaaba while praying.

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