Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Might Face the Death Penalty and Become Interpol Wanted Man

19 Jun, 2010

#Edited.

The after math of “Draw Mohammad PBU Day on Facebook“, continues to unfold, first Pakistani court ordered to block facebook and then the ban was lifted. Pakistani developers launched Millatfacebook as a Muslim friendly alternative to facebook, the site however  seems under DDoS attack and blamed facebook, CIA, Israeli IPs, and Yahoo of plotting against it.

Things escalated further as Pakistan’s Deputy Attorney General has launched a criminal investigation against the CEO of facebook Mark Zuckerberg, which might lead  to Mark being sentenced the death Penalty.

If Mark loses the case he will be charged under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code which states:

Use of derogatory remark etc, in respect of the Holy Prophet, whoever by words, either spoken or written, or by visible representation, or by any imputation, innuendo, or insinuation, directly or indirectly, defiles the sacred name of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) shall be punished with death, or imprisonment for life, and shall also be liable for fine.

“petitioner Muhammad Azhar Sidiqque said he’s waiting for the police to contact Interpol about making arrangements for the arrest of Facebook’s owners” said  ProPakistani  website. The site also said that the Deputy Attorney General told the High Court that Pakistan’s United Nations representative has asked to escalate the issue in the UN General Assembly.

Facebook has been under big public and media scrutiny  for privacy matters.
Via: theregister & propakistani.pk.

#Mark Pic via his FB page.

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  1. Nazeer Mohamed  |  June 19th, 2010 at 6:50 AM #

    As salaam wu alaykum,

    Few things about this article,

    1) Mark is not a Pakistani citizen so can Pakistan still follow through with this sentence and would Marks country of origin allow this?

    2) This is not published in any main stream media, like Aljazeera, how credible is the source

    3) Would the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) have reacted in the same way? Remember when the Prophet (SAW) was offered the option to have the people who oppressed him crushed by 2 mountains he decided not to. Instead he prayed that Allah guide them

    So yeah, lets be a little cautious when posting stuff like this.

    Your brother in Islam
    Nazeer Mohamed

  2. Gaith Saqer  |  June 19th, 2010 at 1:14 PM #

    Wa Alikum el Salam, I am just reporting with no personal opinion, BBC Urdu reported this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2010/06/100615_face_book_update.shtml

  3. Cheap journalism  |  June 19th, 2010 at 4:49 PM #

    You’re not adding your personal opinion, but sadly you are adding the usual ‘salt and pepper’ to your headlines. Arabcrunch is building its reputation on being sensationalist.

    In your quest for clicks and attention, you are twisting the news. Those guys in Pakistan want to contact the Interpol.. That doesn’t make zuckerberg a ‘wanted man’. Also, the headline makes it sound as if zuckerberg is on trial already.

    That’s clever headline writing. But also has another name: cheap journalism.

    Another thing. It’s the BBC and not the BCC.

  4. Gaith Saqer  |  June 19th, 2010 at 6:37 PM #

    Mr. Cheap:

    -Please before you throw accusations read and then come to comment:
    The headline said “might” not “is a wanted man.” If you do not know English or was reading fast please do not offer miss-leading accusations.

    -I do not add “salt and pepper” since we do not serve hamburgers and french fries here. :P

    -As for BBC thanks for the tip typos fixed.

    Thanks,

  5. american  |  June 19th, 2010 at 7:04 PM #

    wtf, he isnt pakistan, or wherever this is, and for speaking out, thats legal in america, your religon SUCKS!

  6. Craig  |  June 19th, 2010 at 10:30 PM #

    He should be put on trial for violating the civil rights of Americans by willfully publishing their personal information and exposing them to potentially malicious misconduct.

    The Pakistanis can take a hike with their “insult to Islam” BS.

  7. William  |  June 20th, 2010 at 1:55 AM #

    I also wish it was less sensational. Zuckerberg is not pakistani, and it takes a lot more to be charged for this.

    All these cartoons of Prophet Mohammad are cached on multiple other servers, are these users now also “punishable” by paki law?

    Block Facebook if you can’t handle it.

  8. educatedAmerican  |  June 20th, 2010 at 10:59 AM #

    Comments from american and Craig make me scoff at the countless articles about why much anti-american sentiments amongst Muslims and Pakistani’s in particular. Cultural background plays an important role in how one perceives and reacts and a reasonable %age in the West (American’s in particular) probably do not realize that. Leave aside the fanatics and the extremists and you still have a large # of muslims who approach things rationally. Comment #3 by Nazeer is just an example.

  9. Rehana  |  June 20th, 2010 at 12:34 PM #

    Nazeer brother,
    Prophet (Saww) is Blessings for all mankind and where it concerned him he was full of mercy. However there are laws laid out by Allah and have to be followed by BELIEVERS.Either one is a believer or not and there’s no shame in it.

    Its iconic that west has defamation laws protecting even an ordinary man on the street from unwarranted ridicule but the msot blessed man and prophet (saww) fo the largest religion of the world (yes pope accepted catholics now rank second), can be defamed and ridiculed without any problem WHY?.

  10. Atif  |  June 20th, 2010 at 12:37 PM #

    Should all Muslims leave Facebook and join Millat Facebook?

    Yes, ofcourse No doubt about it. And not only just Muslims all the decent people of all faiths should. Let me explain you:

    Whichever way you look at it be it from Islamic perspective, legally, socially or ethically it’s not possible for a decent person to find any reason to remain associated with a hate-mongering, Islamophobic and fascist FB.

    ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE:

    * Islam RESPECTS all the Prophets and the Holy Books.
    * It is ordered not to defame the God’s of ANY religion

    * Islam tolerates the criticism on Islam and discusses any objections.

    * But as far as any ridicule of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is concerned, the rule is clear ……. FINISH OFF THE “FITNAH” (Cause of unrest) ………………..
    * It is a long reasoning as to the reasons for the order, which are beyond the scope of this discussion.

    LEGALLY:

    * In all international laws there are defamation clauses.
    * No-one has a right to defame anyone on the pretext of Freedom of expression.
    * Than how can defaming the most revered personality for over 25% of the population of the world all over the globe, be termed legal in any way, whatsoever?

    SOCIALLY:

    * If our Mum/Dad and/or entire family is ridiculed, abused and their defamatory and dirty pictures are posted by a large store REGULARLY, WOULD WE EVER GO THERE?? …….. NO ……. No decent person would ever go there.
    * Would any of us visit a place known to promote social unrest and/or racism directed at any community? Again No ……… no decent person would.
    * Prophet Muhammad (Saww) is more than the families and their own lives for over 1.57 Billion Muslims around the globe.

    ETHICALLY:

    * Would one ever go to or let their loved ones go to a place that is known to be abusive and involved in Hate-Campaigns? ……………NO. None of us would.
    * How can we than even think of going to or supporting the HATE-MONGERING and RACIST FB???????

    Source: http://omerzaheermeer.wordpress.com/2010/06/13/mfb-islam-and-muslims-an-interview-with-hindustan-times-part-2-of-3/

  11. ConcernedWesterner  |  June 20th, 2010 at 2:12 PM #

    If this is true this is UGLY. Every Moslem should feel ashamed of and nauseated by the Moslem countries that try to terrorize the world into abandoning the principle of free speech when it comes to Islam, using this kind of shamelessly open state terrorism. The Western world will not be intimidated, and this terrorist threat of the Pakistani government is tantamount to badmouthing Islam and Moslems. It’s Internet age – I believe more Mohammed caricatures will pile up as a result of this.

  12. DisappointedByHumanity  |  June 20th, 2010 at 2:33 PM #

    *Sigh* Atif… would I go to a place that I’m riducled in? Yes, I would. Or to be exact, I wouldn’t avoid it. Everyone in the world is subject to ridicule. Everyone – including your prophet – should. Constantly. Humour is part of human culture. You can not remove it, you can not control it, you can not avoid it. If you wish to ignore and avoid a place that sometimes make fun of you, you will have no place to go.

    Islam is no different. You say Islam is tolerant to criticism? Oh please. How often has islamic and arabic culture criticized and mocked Jewish people and culture, zionism and Israel? Not that long ago I recall a lovely comic in Teheran main newspaper that criticzed how Holywood shush anyone who talks about the holocaust but laughs at jokes at the prophet. Well, naturally the death of seven million people is less of a joke matter then a holy figure, but you know what? People joke about the holocaust. Jews joke about the holocaust. Movies have been made that combine comedy elements and the holocaust. No one went to jail. No one got killed. No one was excused of defamtion or had death threats made against them. Don’t even get me started on how many times jesus is a laughing matter in the media… and Christianity is still bigger then Islam.

    Is defamation an international law? No, it isn’t. Yes, every country has defamation laws but they are different in every country. Nor does any proper, civilized country offer death penalty as defamtion. Nor will america, or the interpol, ever consider exterdicting someone who faces a death penaly, not to mention uncivilzed, brutal judgement system.

  13. fatin khwarizmi  |  June 20th, 2010 at 9:27 PM #

    May be , i m bit late to leave a comment , but it is never too late to say the truth which must be accepted from all those who likes the reality and the reality says that the defamation is something not acceptable between two ordinary persons how can be accepted by a hall nation and you expect that no one will react specially if the matter is repeated several times .
    Anyway i m not here to defend the prophet Mohammad nor Islam because Islam is self explanatory, in other words ,Islam does not need somebody to defend him it is defending itself by its content in the coraanique verses & sunan that no one can argue, those who are not aware of such knowledge & they are talking carelessly just because they got some incomplete view about Islam from “controlled media ” , however it’s also for Muslims to say for such defamation is wrong to do, not only for the prophet Mohammed but with all the prophets , it is like crossing the read lights of a traffic & accidents can happen , then who will fix the mess ?!

  14. DisappointedByHumanity  |  June 21st, 2010 at 9:50 AM #

    Defamation is perfectly acceptable when it’s satire. Nor will it ever, ever stop. The pursuit against Mark Zuckerberg only serves to ridicule Islam and Pakistan, nothing more. Anhyone who “likes the reality” realizes that Zuckberberg has nothing to do with the actual “crime”, and if anything it would be a crime if he acted against this group and restricted their freedom of speech.

    Even if it is “wrong” – and again, just look how much satire there is around Jesus – it’s not a crime worthy of extradiction, death threats and an execution. All the so-called rational members of Islam here who preach here seem to forget about the death penalty. It’s a crime you say? Comparable to crossing red lights says Fatin? Would you execute someone for crossing a red light? No, you won’t. You’d laugh at the silly, backward country who thinks you should kill someone for something like that.

    Learn from the west. If they can joke about their idols – god, christ, the holocaust and so much more – so should you… because frankly, you got no choice. This time the “draw mohammad group” backed down. Next time, they won’t. You only serve to anger and alienate people. Don’t preach tolerance if you can’t take the same amount fo ribbing everyone else in the world does.

  15. Nazeer Mohamed  |  June 21st, 2010 at 8:53 PM #

    @Rehana,

    As salaam wu alaykum, please don’t get me wrong sister Rehana, I’m in no way condoning those actions in fact I’m deeply hurt by what is happening, all I’m suggesting is that we act in the way Prophet Muhammad (SAW) has thought us. In the time of the Prophet (SAW) he and the Sahaba RA (companions) came under attack often and if their attitude was to punish at every opportunity Islam would not have spread the way it did

    It’s unfortunate that a religion as beautiful as Islam has been stigmatized in such a manner and i feel that this is an ideal opportunity for us to educate the world about Islam and the best of Allahs creation namely Muhammad (SAW).

    As for the west, it’s this very reaction that they want, so why give it to them, lets rather use their tools to educate them.

    To brother Gaith, your heart is in the right place but i think we should caution ourselves from becoming too sensationalistic as these type of things tend to spin out of control and cause more harm then good. I know that all you’ve done was publish the BBC article on your site, but any intelligent person can deduce from the article that it wreaks of sensationalism.

    May Allah guide us all InshaAllah, and may Islam continue to spread across the globe. Ameen

    Nazeer

  16. fatin khwarizmi  |  June 22nd, 2010 at 1:48 AM #

    Bravo brother Nazeer , this is exactly what i mean in my first comment , when i did mentioned red light i did not mean execution to death but i mean that there is rules in life we should respect as we are respecting traffic light , radar & so.
    right now i was reading an article about “The Importance of The American Flag” the author said in the middle of her article “Whenever I have seen a flag being burned, I see it as an act of treason.”
    That means every body on this planet has something sacred to respect & when this thing is touched by a way or an other , the inconvenient behavior can cause (fetna) means ,not all people think the same or are educated the same , we can not control thousands if they are angry but surely we can control one person or even few more if they are wrong , the punishment is necessary but the way for punishing should be discussed wisely to stop definitively the problem not to make it worse .

    if interested to read the article :http://www.jenuinehealing.com/?p=828&preview=true

  17. Sebastien  |  June 22nd, 2010 at 12:05 PM #

    I agree with “DisappointedByHumanity”. Everybody has beliefs and should be respected for their beliefs.

    Some of the best and most expensive paintings in the world feature Jesus Christ. Some of the most beautiful statues and craft feature the Buddha, the list is long. There are countless of caricatural depictions of Benoit XVI, but I don’t see France of Ireland or Spain threatening to sentence to death their authors.

    But best of all, you all tend to forget that depicting Prophet Muhammad in paintings has a long history in Islamic Art. See for example: (ADMIN NOTE: Link removed for being inappropriate) What is forbidden is idolatry. So what is considered today as an insult (but not by the entire Muslim community by the way), was once considered as art.

    I think this type of reactions is more damaging than anything else for the Arabic World and to a larger extent, to the Muslim communities worldwide. It creates conflicts rather than bringing peace to people’s hearts (and Nations).

  18. Barbara  |  June 23rd, 2010 at 6:04 AM #

    Good to hear the Muslim perspective here. Now for the perspective of a supporter of EDMD.

    The image of Islam that comes across is one of a handful of theocracies who punish slights with death. I know this is not the case everywhere–I have a coworker who is a peaceful and friendly devout Muslim–but this is what we are protesting. Theocrats who consider ridicule properly punished by death.

    The Biblical “eye for an eye” was written in response to such an attitude (Genesis 4:23). In theory Christians are more tolerant–in practice they just don’t generally run countries.

    Ridicule my family, my gods, my country’s flag, my figure, anything you wish. I’ll be annoyed, I’ll argue with you. But even if I could, I wouldn’t kill you. Hell, I probably wouldn’t even sue you. I’m bigger than that. And, holy law aside, I can’t understand why your Prophet and your God aren’t bigger than a few nonbelievers drawing some cartoons.

  19. Nazeer Mohamed  |  June 24th, 2010 at 9:14 AM #

    The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) should never be depicted in any way whatsoever. @Sebastian, the general consensus amongst a larger majority almost 99% of Muslims is that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) should never be drawn or depicted in any way.

    The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) himself ordered that no pictures of himself should be drawn for the simple reason that people that come after him and haven’t had the opportunity of seeing him (like us) would start idolizing and eventually worshiping his picture / statue instead of the Almighty Allah as is currently the case with many Christians and the Holy Prophet Jesus (PBUH)

    @Barbara what possible benefit would be derived out of drawing cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) or any other of Gods prophets? Have we as a ‘civilization’ degenerated to such an extent that we no longer respect God and His Messengers let alone each other?

    Don’t be fooled, this wasn’t done in the name of freedom of speech.
    This was nothing more than some mischievous attempt at provoking Muslims across the world, by some individuals who are hell bent on bringing Islam, Prophet Muhammad and Allah into disrepute. These are people have absolutely no interest in seeing people co-existing in peace.

  20. DevolutionOfMan  |  July 18th, 2010 at 11:03 PM #

    “holy law aside, I can’t understand why your Prophet and your God aren’t bigger than a few nonbelievers drawing some cartoons.”

    That is an excellent point Barbara.

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