Bahrain court jails man for insulting Prophet's wives

August 12, 2012 19:48

DUBAI - A Bahraini court has sentenced a man to two years in prison for making insulting comments about one of the Prophet Mohammad's wives, newspapers reported on Sunday, the latest of such a case highlighting sectarian tension in the Gulf.

The daily al-Wasat reported that a man had insulted Aisha, a revered figure for Sunni Muslims, in comments online.

"The accused entered a website and made comments that were so morally filthy and depraved that the tongue could not pronounce them, and they slandered Aisha," the Arabic-language newspaper said on its website.

It said prosecutors ordered police to investigate after receiving a complaint concerning the online activities of someone of "deviant thought and corrupt belief".  Such slander cases have become more frequent in recent years, as Sunni Gulf rulers watch with the alarm the rising influence of Shi'ite power Iran.

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