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Saudi to be jailed, lashed over defamatory tweet

Saudi youth who pretended to be a lawyer for UAE singer Ahlam has been jailed

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A Saudi youth pretending to be the lawyer of UAE singer Ahlam has been sentenced to jail and 80 lashes for defaming a Kuwaiti singer in a comment on Twitter.

Using the Twitter ID "Ahlam's Attorney", the youth accused female singer Shams of committing adultery and posted fake photos to support his claim.

Shams accused him of trying to provoke tribesmen to murder her and claimed he had said he used to legally represent Ahlam.

However, Riyadh Criminal Court found the Tweeter had no evidence to back-up his allegations. He was sentenced to three months in jail, 80 lashes and a fine of SAR10,000 ($2,666).

Both the defendant and Shams have said they would appeal the verdict, with the singer suggesting the sentence was not severe enough.

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