The journalist Hamsa Kashgari had conducted a ficticious talk with the prophet Mohammed: |
"On your birthday I will say that I loved the rebel in you, that you were a source of inspiration and that I don't like your gloriole. I will not pray for you."
"On your birthday, I see you whereever I look. I loved aspects of you, hated others and many I did not understand."
"On your birthday I will not bow down and will not kiss your hand. Instead I will shake your hand, as equals do. And I will smile as you will smile. I will only talk to you like to a friend.
Kashgari apologized after tens of thousands angry reactions. A high-ranking Islamic comittee declared him as an "unbeliever" and demanded legal action against him. Over 13.000 Moslems joined a Facebook-page which is demanding his execution. Kashgari fled to Malaysia, a country that has reputation as a moderate Islamic country.
Kashgari was arrested directly at his arrival in Kuala Lumpur airport (on Februrar 9) on grounds of an Interpol arrest warrant. He was extradicted to Saudi-Arabia a few days later.
I Saudi-Arabia, desecration of the Qur'an, blasphemy and apostacy can be punished by death for men and livelong imprisionment for women.
Picture: Executions in Saudi-Arabia are traditionally public beheadings with a saber.