A 28-year-old man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and lashed 2,000 for admitting he is atheist on Twitter in Saudi Arabia.
He was also fined £4,000 by a court.
The young man reportedly refused to repent, insisting what he wrote on his wall reflected his beliefs and that he had the right to express them.
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The hard-line Islamic state has a law defining atheist beliefs as 'terrorism'.
Meanwhile, religious police in charge of monitoring social networks found more than 600 tweets denying the existence of God, ridiculing Koranic verses, accusing all prophets of lies and saying their teachings fuelled hostilities, it was reported.
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