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Citizen gets jail time for insulting Lebanese president

President Michel Sleiman speaks during a ceremony in Beirut, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: A Lebanese citizen was sentenced Wednesday to two months in prison for insulting the country’s president, judicial sources told The Daily Star.

The verdict by the Court of Publications targeted Jean Assy, a Lebanese Web developer who was briefly detained last year over a series of tweets he posted in which he insulted President Michel Sleiman.

Assy’s tweets included a heavy dose of swearing and name-calling against Sleiman. In one post, Assy described Sleiman as a “hooligan.”

Judge Roukoz Rizk issued the verdict after Assy was charged over the offence, the sources said.

Assy is affiliated with MP Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement, they added.

 

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