Saudi preacher jailed for defaming Saudi star
The preacher attacked Qasabi during a Friday sermon in a mosque in Asir in June 2015 and called him an “infidel”
The Criminal Court on Wednesday sentenced a preacher in Asir to prison for 45 days after he was found guilty of libel and defamation of Saudi actor Nasser al-Qasabi for calling him an “infidel” and a “cuckold.”
The judge also made the convict pledge that he will never commit such an act again.
The preacher attacked Qasabi during a Friday sermon in a mosque in Asir in June 2015 and called him an “infidel” while criticizing an episode of the series Selfie which was aired during the holy month of Ramadan.
In the episode which the preacher criticized, Qasabi was wearing a short garment and smashing musical instruments. The preacher later retracted his statements accusing Qasabi of infidelity.
In his first statement on the criminal court judgment against the mosque imam accused him of blasphemy, the Saudi actor stressed that the decision was “an important step,” explaining that “a verdict such as this represents the courage of the judiciary to deal with the phenomenon of atonement.”