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Christian Post — A man in Kuwait has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for making insulting comments about Islam on Twitter, a decision which some observers say reflects the growing influence of religious conservatism in the Middle Eastern nation.

“We plan to challenge the ruling against my client Hamad al-Naqi in the appeals court and we are very optimistic that the higher court will cancel the sentence,” the man’s lawyer, Khaled al-Shatti, told AFP.

The judge, Hisham Abdullah, delivered a written verdict and found 26-year old al-Naqi guilty of making Twitter comments between Feb. 5 and March 27 that mocked Islam, the Prophet Muhammad and his wife and companions, as well as insulted the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

The exact Twitter comments that al-Naqi allegedly made were not reported, but the plaintiff, Dowaem al-Mowazry, argued that Naqi should be made an example of and his case serve as a warning for anyone who insults the Muslim faith.

The prosecutor claimed that it was likely the al-Naqi’s tweets would “stoke sedition within the community and mobilize segments alongside sectarian lines,” Gulf News reported.

In his defense, al-Naqi said that he never wrote the Twitter messages, and that his account was hacked.

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