Lebanon man sentenced for insulting President on Twitter

Posted: February 14, 2014 in Current Affairs, World Affairs
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Beirut: A Lebanese web developer has been sentenced to two months in prison for insulting President Michel Sleiman on Twitter, a judicial source told a news agency.

“Jean Assy was sentenced to two months in jail for defaming and insulting the President via Twitter,” the source said.

“The court decision can be appealed within 10 days.”The case is thought to be the first time a Lebanese citizen has been sentenced for views expressed on a social network, though people have previously been charged for similar insults.

Assy said the case stemmed from tweets he wrote about Sleiman in January and February of last year.

“I wrote that the President is castrated, politically castrated, and I wrote the minister of interior is stupid, and things like this,” he told a news agency.

He has not yet been arrested and said he plans to appeal the decision.

“I’m not going to spend two months in jail because of a tweet. I’m going to fight it, I’m not going to allow him to punish someone who tweeted against him while he is ignoring all the problems in the country,” Assy said of Sleiman.

Assy, 26, has nearly 6,000 followers and regularly tweets harsh and at times vulgar criticism of many of Lebanon’s politicians.

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