A young Saudi journalist is facing calls for his execution after tweeting remarks about the Prophet Mohammed, and the kingdom's top clerics are demanding his trial after denouncing him as an "apostate."
On the occasion of the Muslim prophet's birthday last week, 23-year-old Hamza Kashgari tweeted: "I have loved things about you and I have hated things about you and there is a lot I don't understand about you."
"I will not pray for you," he added.
Insulting the prophet is considered blasphemous in Islam, and is a crime punishable by death.
Kashgari quickly apologised for his remarks, but the calls for his execution only multiplied.
A Facebook page entitled "The Saudi people demand Hamza Kashgari's execution" already has nearly 10,000 members.