Christine Rousselle/// Saudi Arabia is threatening to sue anybody on Twitter who says that their justice system is similar to ISIS. This threat came after it was announced that poet Ashraf Fayadh would be executed for apostasy–which is a capital crime in Saudi Arabia.
Apparently, Saudi Arabian authorities are upset that someone could read a story like this and determine that it sounds similar to the actions of the Islamic State.
From The Independent:
“The justice ministry will sue the person who described … the sentencing of a man to death for apostasy as being `Isis-like’,” a justice ministry source told newspaper Al-Riyadh.
The Kingdom is yet to identify the potential Twitter user, or specify a possible penalty.
“Questioning 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 source seemingly told the pro-government newspaper.
They claimed the Kingdom’s courts would not hesitate to put on trial “any media that slandered the religious judiciary of the Kingdom”.
An easy way for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to avoid comparisons to ISIS would be to not execute a poet (who claims to be a faithful Muslim) for supposedly renouncing Islam. Additionally, allowing the accused to have legal representation and a fair trial would also be generally regarded as “ensuring human dignity.”
Saudi Arabia is the only country that regularly carries out public executions. A total of 152 people have been executed in the country this year.