Waseem Yousef (inset) has accused 19 people of bullying him on Twitter.


Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque imam sues 19 over Twitter posts


DUBAI – An imam at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi has sued 19 Twitter users for allegedly defaming him on social media.

Waseem Yousef said he received “bullying” from the Twitter users after he made comments last year about Sahih Al Bukhari, a book on the sayings of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).

Yousef had said that not everything on the book should be taken literally, drawing reactions from Twitter users.

“I was very patient but they overdid it,” he wrote on Twitter. “They bullied me and used bad manners and swear words.”

Yousef’s lawyer and 19 defendants appeared before the Abu Dhabi Court of Misdemeanour on Monday (January 20).

A verdict is expected for 16 people on Thursday, and on January 26 for three others accused in the case. DAJ/Expat Media

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