Four men, all in their 20s, will face ‘urgent trial’ over allegations they insulted King Hamad on personal Twitter accounts

by Machiavelli

Engineering Evil

 Bahrain charges four men with insulting king

Reuters in Dubi,   Thursday 18 October 2012 07.45 EDT

King Hamad
An anti-government protester steps on a torn poster of King Hamad during protests in Manama in March 2011. Photograph: James Lawler Duggan/AFP/Getty Images

Bahraini authorities have detained four men on charges of defaming the country’s king on Twitter, according to the state news agency BNA.

The men, all in their 20s, were arrested on Wednesday morning after security forces confiscated their computers and other electronic equipment, Mohammed al-Maskati, head of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights said.

Criticising King Hamad and other members of the Al Khalifa ruling family is a serious offence in the Gulf Arab island kingdom. Bahrain’s public prosecution office had questioned four defendants and charged them with the “crime of insulting his majesty the king on their personal accounts on Twitter”, prosecutor Ahmed Bucheeri said on Wednesday, according…

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