A Riyadh criminal court has sentenced a sports journalist to three months in jail, 50 lashes, a SR5,000 fine, and a ban on using Twitter for three months, for defaming the presidents of two Saudi soccer clubs on Twitter.
The court, in a preliminary verdict, found Mohammad Shanwan Al-Inizi guilty of abusing Al-Hilal and Al-Shabbab on his Twitter account.
Al-Inizi had also alleged that there was corruption and forgery taking place in Al-Shabbab’s youth administration.
Al-Shabbab’s president Khalid Al-Baltan subsequently sued Al-Inizi for defamation.
Al-Inizi said it was the right of the club to sue him, but maintained that there was a long legal process ahead because the court had issued a preliminary finding.