Malaysian jailed for more than 10 years for insulting Islam

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – A Malaysian citizen was given more than 10 years in jail for insulting Islam and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) on social media, police said on Saturday.

The person found guilty, known only as Facebook user “Ayea Yea”, was jailed for 10 years and 10 months after pleading guilty to 10 charges of anti-religious activity and the misuse of communications networks, said National Police Chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

In a statement, Mohamad did not specify the number of charges for each offence.

Under Malaysian law, those found guilty of anti-religious activity can be punished with a jail term of two to five years.

The misuse of communication networks carries a maximum one year in jail or a fine of up to RM50,000, or both.

Three other social media users have also been charged with insulting Islam and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), as well as causing racial disharmony.

One who pleads guilty will be sentenced next week, while the other two will be held without bail. “The police advise the public not to misuse social media or communication networks by uploading or sharing any form of provocation that can touch racial and religious sensitivities,” Mohamad said.