The Saudi religious police had gotten word of Ahmad Al-Shamri's tweets and came to his door sometime in 2014.
He was accused of using social media to say disparaging things about Islam and the prophet Muhammad, according to activists. The charge: Apostasy, a crime punishable by death.
But activists with Human Rights watch say Al-Shamri was likely mentally unstable. The biggest sign was the crime he was accused of: he was tweeting such thoughts in a country where public statements like that could mean a death sentence.
Al-Shamri pleaded insanity, saying he has a mental disorder and that he was drunk, high and in an altered mental state when he made the comments, according...