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Man faces year in jail after Abbas Facebook joke
Published Thursday 07/02/2013 (updated) 08/02/2013 17:11
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NABLUS (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian court has sentenced a man from the Nablus area to a year in prison for insulting President Mahmoud Abbas on Facebook, officials said Thursday.

The Nablus magistrates court sentenced Anas Saad Awwad, 26, of Awarta village, in absentia to a year in prison after convicting him on charges of criticizing the government, an official said.

Khalil Assaf, the director of the public freedoms committee within an unimplemented unity deal, called the sentence itself an insult to the president, not the supposed crime of criticizing him.

Assaf called on the court to reverse the ruling.

The defendant had been detained previously on similar charges, but was released after paying a fine, according to his father.

"My son only commented on Facebook. You know how young people comment," he said. "He didn't mean to insult the president. I ask the president to intervene personally to cancel the court's decision."

Awwad's lawyer, Rima al-Sayyed, said her client has been accused of photo-shopping of Abbas wearing a Real Madrid shirt with the caption: "A new striker."

She declined to comment on the sentence, saying it was not final.

Last year Palestinian security forces jailed at least three people accused in separate incidents of criticizing the government on social networking websites.
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1 ) The Watcher / ME
07/02/2013 22:04
"The Nablus magistrates court sentenced Anas Saad Awwad, 26, of Awarta village, in absentia to a year in prison after convicting him on charges of *criticizing the government*, an official said."

Is this really the kind of Fascist dictatorship the Pally people want? No different than the Saudis. Surely this is what the Arab Spring is against. If this is a taste of what they have in store for you, I suggest you sneak out one night and move the wall so it puts you one the Israeli side.


2 ) Uzi / Israel
07/02/2013 23:05
Is this whats called muslim democracy????

3 ) Outlier / USA
07/02/2013 23:25
I believe 17th century societies should be consistent and live using 17th century technologies: wood heat, wood cooking, no refrigeration, no cars, no trains, no planes, no computers, no phones, flintlock rifles. If such societies cannot be consistent, then they need to evolve their beliefs to match those of the modern era.

4 ) Dan / holland
08/02/2013 06:45
Moderate fatah, ..? So sad. ....

5 ) Charity Clayton / UK
08/02/2013 10:04
The PA have chosen the perfect way to destroy their own credibility!!

6 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
08/02/2013 12:47
What is sad and pathetic isn't that we are faced with the truth that Fatah and Hamas are both old-school Arab dicatatorships. What is sad and pathetic is the fact that so-called "human rights" organizations are silent. Awwad is alone. Amnesty, HRW, B'Tselem, Adala and the rest of them are not very intersted, because Israel is not involved. They don't want to make the PA look bad, and they don't really care about Palestinian human rights. Israel is their target. Poor Awwad.

7 ) Mel / USA
08/02/2013 15:10
Oh for goodness sake,Abu Mazen! Real Madrid? WOW,that's a compliment! They've had some ace strikers! Who wouldn't want to play next to Ronaldo &maybe even Welsh winger Gareth Bales of TOTTENHAM? Cooool!
Chill out Nablus magistrates! At least Awwad chose a good team! He could have photo-shopped Abu Mazen wearing a RAVSHATZ settler uniform,carrying an IDF rifle?Or worse still--photo-shopped him wearing an Israeli soccer shirt?Now that'd be an insult!Not cool!

8 ) southparkbear / usa
08/02/2013 16:14
in palestinian term he was charge with Face-ABouk

9 ) milad / ....
08/02/2013 16:18
its funny that salfists in arab country can say far worse and what happens..nothing? as for abbas he shuld resign,and most of the p.a.

10 ) Terry / Sweden
08/02/2013 17:07
How pathetic. How can the Palestinians tolerate this imbecile leader?

11 ) Moe AJ / Palestine
08/02/2013 18:24
In such times and circumstances. to embark on a revolution is deemed necessary and to some extent a duty on the Palestinian society. This mission should be devised in a strategy on a wider scale to remove the oppressor also; in this case the establishment of a non legitimate state (Israel). Thus, an international Arabian revolution should achieve the aforementioned. Only then shall justice and integrity be restored to Palestine..Palestine needs a new social construct..

12 ) Mahmoud Bsharat / Jenin-Palestine
08/02/2013 21:18
We the Palestinians lack determination to change our old-fashioned beliefs.

13 ) Karim DZ / FRance
28/02/2013 10:54
Shame on mahmoud abbas the sionist C est honteux de la part de mahmoud abbas qui se comporte comme un dictateur, ne represente que lui meme, ou plus pr?cis?ment, une marionnette sioniste qui ne se pr?occupe pas de la lib?ration de son pays mais de r?primer son peuple Solidarit? avec ce jeune palestinien, qui a dit la v?rit?
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