Sunday 24 February 2008

Keep it real on Facebook

On Facebook you can find sites for Sarkozy, Bush and Blair as well as sports stars and film stars - all a joke. Unfortunately for a Moroccan 27 year old computer engineer, the joke has back fired. He registered a false internet Facebook profile as King Mohammed VI's brother.

He was sentenced to 3 years in jail for his troubles. Asked why he had set up a Facebook profile under the name of Prince Moulay Rachid, the king's younger brother, Mourtada had replied: "I admire him, I like him a lot and I have never caused him any wrong, it was just a joke. I am innocent."

Amnesty consider him a 'prisoner of opinion'. Oops, sometimes it seems it's best to keep your opinions to yourself. Harsh!