#SueMeSaudi is how people are reacting to the Kingdom's threat to 'sue' over Daesh comparisons

Published November 29th, 2015 - 10:35 GMT
Ashraf Fayadh was sentenced to death for apostasy, and now Saudi Arabia plans to sue those who think that the punishment is Daesh-like. (Twitter)
Ashraf Fayadh was sentenced to death for apostasy, and now Saudi Arabia plans to sue those who think that the punishment is Daesh-like. (Twitter)

Saudi Arabia reportedly plans to sue a Twitter user who described the country's death sentencing for Palestinian poet Ashraf Fayadh as “ISIS-like." Fayadh was sentenced to death for apostasy—leaving one’s faith—on Nov. 17 by a court in Abha, according to Humans Rights Watch.

A justice ministry source told the newspaper Al-Riyadh that Saudi Arabia would not hesitate to bring "any media that slandered the religious judiciary of the Kingdom" to trial. According to the source, "[q]uestioning the fairness of the courts is to question the justice of the Kingdom and its judicial system based on Islamic law, which guarantees rights and ensures human dignity."

The Twitter user in question has not been identified, however the news has prompted others on the social media site to ridicule the Kingdom. The mockery has a more serious undertone, with many citing what they see as evidence that Daesh (ISIS) and Saudi have several common aspects within their justice systems and beyond.

The hashtag #SueMeSaudi is being used by those expressing this viewpoint and has quickly gained popularity. See some examples below, via Twitter.


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