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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia today deported a young Saudi journalist who is wanted in his home country over a Twitter post about the Prophet Mohammed that sparked calls for his execution, an official said.

Hamza Kashgari, who was detained in Malaysia during the week after fleeing  Saudi Arabia, left the country in the custody of Saudi officials, according to  a Malaysian government official who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity.    

Kashgari fled to Muslim-majority Malaysia after making comments on the  microblogging site deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammed, which fuelled a  surge of outrage.    Insulting the prophet is considered blasphemous in Islam and is a crime  punishable by death in Saudi Arabia.    

Malaysian government would not immediately confirm Hamza’s deportation,  but a Home Ministry statement today  said Kashgari would be sent back to Saudi  Arabia.    

“Malaysia has a long-standing arrangement by which individuals wanted by  one country are extradited when detained by the other, and (Kashgari) will be  repatriated under this arrangement,” the statement said.     “The nature of the charges against the individual in this case are a matter  for the Saudi Arabian authorities.”    

Kashgari’s deportation is certain to spark outrage from human rights groups  such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, who urged Malaysia not to  send him back to face severe punishment and possibly a death sentence.  

Malaysia and Saudi Arabia do not have a formal extradition treaty but have  close ties as fellow Muslim countries.    Rights groups have said Kashgari, who was detained on Thursday after flying  into Malaysia, was en route to New Zealand.    His controversial tweet sparked tens of thousands of responses, according  to an online service that tracks Twitter postings in the Arab world.    

He 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.”    Kashgari apologised but a committee of top clerics branded him “an  “infidel” and demanded he be tried in an Islamic court, while a Saudi Facebook  page calling for his execution has attracted thousands of followers. – AFP 

This is not good. He’s going to be killed.