Malaysia deports Saudi journalist Hamza Kashgari
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Added: Sun, 12 Feb 2012 12:00:45 UTC
NB. We have posted the article about Hamza's deportation to Saudi Arabia because it is the latest development in the story. For fuller information on the background, please see this article in The Daily Beast.
Malaysian authorities have deported a Saudi journalist accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a tweet.
Mr Kashgari's controversial tweet sparked more than 30,000 responses, including death threats
Police confirmed to the BBC that Hamza Kashgari was sent back to Saudi Arabia on Sunday despite protests from human rights groups.
Mr Kashgari's controversial tweet last week sparked more than 30,000 responses and several death threats.
Insulting the prophet is considered blasphemous in Islam and is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia.
Mr Kashgari, 23, fled Saudi Arabia last week and was detained upon his arrival in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.
He had tweeted his doubts about Muhammad on the prophet's birthday last week. Saudi clerics condemned his remarks as blasphemous.
Injunction Mr Kashgari apologised and deleted the tweet, but when he continued to receive threats, he left for Malaysia.
The two countries do not have a formal extradition treaty but Malaysia has good relations with Saudi Arabia as a fellow Muslim country, says the BBC's Jennifer Pak, in Kuala Lumpur.
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