A Saudi court sentenced a man to 10 years in jail and a $26,700 fine for joining protests against the kingdom’s rulers and using Twitter to urge people to do the same, state news agency SPA said on Monday.
The Justice Ministry spokesman Fahd al-Bakran said that the unidentified defendant had also retweeted messages against the monarchy, Muslim scholars and security services.
“(He was) convicted of entering an Internet site hostile to the state that encourages fighting and promotes deviant thought,” Bakran said, referring to al Qaeda ideology.
The man, who has been in jail for three years, was charged and convicted under laws that criminalize internet abuse.
His verdict was announced two days after Saudi Arabia designated the Muslim Brotherhood, the Nusra Front and the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant as terrorist organisations.
The decree applies to Saudis and foreign residents who join, endorse or give moral or material aid to groups classified as terrorist or extremist, whether inside or outside the country.