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PA security arrests youth over Facebook posts insulting Prophet Muhammad

May 7, 2016 6:33 P.M. (Updated: May 8, 2016 8:55 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- The Palestinian Authority’s Preventive Security Service (PSS) arrested on Saturday a young Palestinian man from a village in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah for allegedly writing posts on his Facebook account insulting Prophet Muhammad.

PSS officials told Ma’an that the suspect “claims he is Shiite and has been writing insults against Prophet Muhammad, his companions, and Muhammad's wife Aysha."

The suspect was referred to the PA attorney general who decided to extend his remand to keep the youth for questioning. PSS officials confirmed that the suspect confessed to the charges during the initial interrogation.

“This is an assault on religions rather than freedom of expression or freedom of religion,” the officials said.

A number of Palestinians were detained by Palestinian forces last year for their use of social media to criticize the Palestinian Authority and Palestinian security services.
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