Facebook CEO Named in Pakistan Criminal Investigation

Country's Deputy Attorney General wants Interpol to arrest Mark Zuckerberg

By Jackson West
|  Friday, Jun 18, 2010  |  Updated 4:00 PM PDT
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Facebook CEO Named in Pakistan Criminal Investigation

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is one of the targets of a Pakistani criminal investigation under a law that makes criticizing the Prophet Muhammad punishable by death.

After a German woman created a "Draw Muhammad" contest on Facebook, the site was temporarily blocked in Pakistan.

The company removed the contest from view in the country, and other largely Muslim nations, and the government restored access.

But Deputy Attorney General Muhammad Azhar Sidiqque isn't satisfied, and has asked for the launch of a criminal investigation under a section of the country's penal code that makes it a crime punishable by death to deride the Holy Prophet and founder of Islam.

The investigation names Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, along with co-founders Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes, and the anonymous woman who created the contest.

Siddique is reportedly waiting for Pakistani police to contact Interpol and have the four arrested, and that the nation's representative at the United Nations has been asked to bring the issue up with the General Assembly.

Facebook is not immune to international controversy. In 2008, Jewish settlers in the hotly disputed West Bank complained that the site identified them as living in Palestine, not Israel, even though under international law the settlements are illegal.

Jackson West figures it's all fun and games until someone gets Interpol involved.

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