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Malaysian jailed for 10 years for insulting Islam on social media


KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian was sentenced to greater than 10 years' prison and 3 others have been charged over insults in opposition to Islam and the Prophet Muhammad on social media, police mentioned on Saturday.

The sentence is believed to be the harshest such penalty on report within the Muslim-majority country, where issues over racial and non secular tensions have grown in fresh months.

Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun mentioned in a statement the person, who was no longer recognized, had plead responsible to 10 fees of misusing conversation networks.

The offence carries a maximum penalty of 1 12 months in prison or a nice of up to 50,000 ringgit ($12,228) or both.

The sentence was meted out consecutively, Mohamad Fuzi mentioned.

Another social media user had also plead responsible and a sentencing listening to can be hung on Monday. Two others had plead no longer responsible and have been being held with out bail.

All four have been charged beneath rules in opposition to inflicting racial disharmony, incitement, and misusing communications networks.


"The police advise the public not to abuse social media or communication networks by uploading or sharing any form of provocation that can affect religious or racial sensitivities, causing racial tensions within this country's diverse community," Mohamad Fuzi mentioned.


On Thursday, minister in control of non secular affairs Mujahid Yusof Rawa mentioned the Islamic Affairs Department had set up a unit to watch writings and communications insulting Islam and Muhammad.


He mentioned the ministry would no longer compromise on any acts insulting the religion and referred to as for punishments in opposition to the ones discovered responsible of such.




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