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An electricity welder, sentenced to one year in jail on the charge of insulting Islam on social media, has lost his appeal in court.

The Court of First Instance convicted the 31-year-old Indian worker in May of disrespecting and insulting Prophet Muhammed (Peace Be Upon Him) in posts he shared on Facebook.

Even though he deleted all the posts and details on his account, shortly later, copies of the messages were obtained and used as evidence by the public prosecution in the case against him.

The primary court then sentenced him to one year in prison and ordered him to pay a Dh500,000 fine – to be deported afterward. He filed an appeal as he denied the charges on the grounds his account had been hacked but he lost the appeal after the court upheld the earlier ruling.

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