DUBAI (Reuters) – A Bahraini court has sentenced a man to two years in prison for making insulting comments about one of the Prophet Mohammad’s wives, newspapers reported on Sunday, the latest such case In the Gulf highlighting sectarian tension in the region.
The daily al-Wasat reported that a man had insulted Aisha, a revered figure for Sunni Muslims, in comments online.
“The accused entered a website and made comments that were so morally filthy and depraved that the tongue could not pronounce them, and they slandered Aisha,” the Arabic-language newspaper said on its website.
It said prosecutors ordered police to investigate after receiving a complaint concerning the online activities of someone of “deviant thought and corrupt belief”. The report was also published on Bahraini daily al-Watan’s website.
A Kuwaiti man was sentenced to 10 years in June for endangering state security by insulting the Prophet, his wife Aisha and his companions, as well as the Sunni Muslim rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, on social media.