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Iranian oil minister calls Trump’s order to OPEC insulting

LONDON: Iran’s oil minister on Saturday accused U.S. President Donald Trump of insulting OPEC by ordering it to increase production and reduce prices, adding that Iranian output and exports had not changed as a result of U.S. pressure. Trump on Wednesday accused the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries of driving fuel prices higher, and urged Saudi Arabia to pump more if it wanted Washington to continue protecting it against its top rival Iran. “Mr Trump sends every day a new message that creates…

Indonesian man jailed for Facebook post allegedly insulting Islam

JAKARTA: An Indonesian was jailed for five years Monday for a Facebook post deemed offensive to Islam, his lawyer said, the latest conviction under the country's controversial electronic information law. Alnoldy Bahari, 39, was found guilty of spreading hate speech for a post in which he claimed to have experienced God’s presence and questioned the faith of other Muslims. "He's been sentenced to five years' jail and has to pay a fine of 100 million rupiah ($7,200)," said Bahari's lawyer Andi Komara. "We will most likely…

Indonesian teen imprisoned for 18 months for insulting president on Facebook

MESAN: An Indonesian teenager was sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison for "insulting" President Joko Widodo on Facebook. The 18-year-old high school student from Medan on the island of Sumatra, identified by the initials MFB, was found guilty of violating the country's internet law by making defamatory and slanderous comments online. Judges also ordered him to pay 10 million rupiah ($700) in fines. "If the fines are not paid, the jail term is extended by one month," the presiding judge told the Medan court.…

Thailand sentences man to 18 years in prison for insulting monarchy

BANGKOK: A Thai man was jailed for 18 years on Wednesday for posting six video clips deemed insulting to the monarchy, his lawyer said, the latest conviction in junta-ruled Thailand where authorities have cracked down on critics of the monarchy and military. Use of the country's lese-majeste law has surged under the royalist junta that took power in a 2014 coup d'etat, with more than 100 people charged since the coup, according to legal monitoring group iLaw. Tara, 61, whose last name was withheld by his lawyer, was…

UAE to deport man for insulting wife on WhatsApp

The Sharjah Federal Court of Appeal has sentenced an Arab man with a fine of Dh5,000 along deportation for insulting his wife on WhatsApp, Arab media reported on Friday. Counsel Eman bin Sabt said the Court of Misdemeanours sentenced the husband in absentia for the insulting words he sent to his wife through WhatsApp after the couple had a fight in their house. When the husband left the house, he continued insulting his wife by sending her scornful words on the social media app. The counsel said the ruling of the court…

Two charged for insulting Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

YANGON: A member of Myanmar's ruling pro-democracy party has pressed charges against two villagers for insulting the government's new leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a police officer said Friday. Suu Kyi steered her National League for Democracy (NLD) into power earlier this year after championing a decades-long struggle against military rule. Her administration has vowed to expand freedoms in the fledgling democracy but limits on expression remain -- as does a culture of charging critics with defamation. The latest case saw two…