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
"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.
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.