Last March, we cross posted the story from Wajahat Ali’s blog: Goat Milk: Death by tweet? How Hamza Kashgari’s fate will shape the face of Islam today. Arrested in February of last year, he spent 20 months in jail facing charges of apostasy and a possible death sentence for an “offensive” Tweet.
Kashgari is free at last, and expressed his joy to his supporters on social media:
“Good morning to hope…to souls which never die…thanks God.” ~ Hamza Kashgari on Twitter
Saudi Arabian writer Hamza Kashgari, 24, imprisoned since February 2012 on charges of apostasy for insulting the Prophet Muhammad on Twitter , has been released from jail.
Hamza Kashgari’s lawyer Abdul Rahman Al Lahim, has confirmed that his client was released from prison on Tuesday morning, Emirates 247 reported. He has returned home where he was joyfully reunited with his mother.
Kashgari has used Twitter to inform his supporters of his release according to Sabq.
Following Kashgari’s arrest Digital Journal reported that many conservative hard-liners in the Kingdom demanded his execution. The writer went on to make a public apology in the form of a poem which was published last year.
News of Kashgari’s release has been met with delight by his supporters.