An Arab man faced a court of justice in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday after insulting the Islamic faith on his Facebook page, Emirates24/7 report. Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second largest city of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
During the trial the defendant admitted being the author of anti-Islam messages and drawings offensive to Muslims.
A medical report presented to the judge on Tuesday indicated the man was suffering from mental problems and therefore not “responsible for his acts.”
“When the judge asked him at a previous session if he has any psychological problems, he replied yes…the judge then decided that the defendant should be medically examined,” Emirates24/7 quotes local media.
The trial was adjourned to May 1.
Recently several individuals in the Middle-East have been charged for insulting or offending the Islamic faith on social networking sites.
Late March Kuwaiti authorities arrested a man for insulting the Prophet Mohammad on the public messaging site. The man “defamed the Islamic faith and slandered the Prophet Mohammad, his companions and his wife” the ministry said in a statement. The man is still held in custody awaiting his trial. Cursing God recently became a crime punishable by death in Kuwait.
Still in Kuwait, a Sunni Muslim has been condemned to 7 years in prison and to a $18,000 fine last month for insulting the Shi'ite Muslim minority on the micro-blogging site Twitter.
In Turkey, a pianist is to be investigated by public authorities for tweeting messages deemed “offensive” to the Islamic faith. The pianist is also accused of abusing Muslims, causing public resentment and offending the Christian and Jewish faiths.