Activists launch petition to free Saudi author

January 04, 2013 - 4:27:59 am

DUBAI: Activists and intellectuals have petitioned Saudi authorities to free a prominent author two weeks after he was detained over tweets deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), campaigners said yesterday.

Turki Al Hamad, one of the best known liberal thinkers and writers in the conservative Muslim kingdom, was detained on December 24 over the comments on microblogging site Twitter which suggested that Islam needed to be rectified.

Al Hamad was the third Saudi activist since early last year to be detained for allegedly insulting Islam. Saudi website said his arrest was ordered by Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef following a complaint from a Saudi religious body.