Saturday, May 31, 2014

'Allah' handle gets Turkish Twitter a 15 months prison sentence

More from the religion of peace and tolerance ...

A Turkish Twitter user learned the hard way that Muslim hardliners mean business when they preach against disrespecting their god’s name: He was sentenced to prison for using a social media handle that included the word “Allah.”

The man, named in press only as Ertan P., adopted the Twitter handle “@CenabiAllah,” the website Mashable reported. For that, he was arrested and charged with “humiliating the religious values accepted by a part of the people,” the Turkish news website Hurriyet Daily News reported. A

Authorities in the Mus province also alleged that he tweeted anti-government messages, acting as if he were the voice of Allah.

For instance, he wrote in June 2013 that “Here [Heaven] is very safe because there is no police,” Yahoo News reported. Ertan P. offered a defense that his account had been hacked, but the court didn’t believe him, Mashable said.

He was ultimately sentenced to 15 months in prison.

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