A court in Kuwait sentenced an Arab man to 10 years in prison after he claimed to be the world’s saviour, offended Islam and called for the overthrow of Arab regimes, newspapers in the Gulf emirate reported on Tuesday.
Two Kuwaiti lawyers who had filed the case against the man had demanded his execution in line with a new law involving the death punishment in cases which include insult of Islam and its Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).
“This sentence is not hard enough for a man who has committed grave offences against the Prophet (PBUH) ,” the lawyers said in a statement carried by Al Anba newspaper after the verdict.
The paper said the defendant, identified as HM, had confessed to committing such acts through Facebook and other websites.
He told the prosecutor that he still believes himself to be the “prince of the faithful” who must be believed by all.
“The defendant said that he was awaiting a voice from the heaven to begin his task on earth and that he is Al Mehdi A, Montathar (the Chosen Imam Al Mehdi),”the Arabic language daily said.
“He also said that he was awaiting permission to overthrow all Arab and Muslim rulers.”
Muslims believe Imam Al Mehdi, dubbed “the ultimate savior of mankind’ will eventually reappear as a great reformer who will destroy the beliefs of injustice and ignorance and fill this earth with fairness after it has been filled with injustice and oppression.