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Arrest made in Saudi Arabia over Makkah ‘temple photo’

An Indian man has been arrested for posting offensive photos of the Holy Haram

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An Indian man has been arrested for posting offensive photos of the Holy Haram, or the Grand Mosque, in Makkah. The man allegedly posted photos of the Kaaba being replaced by a Hinduism temple on his Facebook account.

The man said he saw it posted on Facebook and clicked the like button, which made it viewable to his friends. Lawyer and former member of the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution Saleh al-Ghamdi said the man’s crime deserves a maximum of five years in prison and up to SR3 million ($800,000) in fines.

He added the information crimes prevention charter lists the following as information crimes: posting, sharing, saving and creating offensive content that violates the general law, religious values, societal principles and privacy on the Internet; human trafficking online or using the Internet and websites to facilitate it; creating or sharing pornographic content online; and using the Internet to deal in drugs and narcotics. Another lawyer and former member of the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution Saad al-Malki said the man has committed a grave crime by posting the photo and should be penalized by the Jeddah Penal Court.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on March 4, 2015.