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Agency: Man arrested in Malaysia for on-line insults

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • A man has been arrested in Malaysia for allegedly posting insults against the state monarch there
  • The man also allegedly insulted a provincial ceremonial ruler
  • The man was arrested on November 29

(CNN) -- Malaysian law enforcement officials have detained a man for posting a Facebook page that allegedly included insults against the state monarch there, according to Bernama, Malaysia's official national news agency.

The 40-year-old man also allegedly was responsible for Facebook postings deemed insulting to the Sultan of Johor, a ceremonial ruler of one of Malaysia's peninsular states.

Authorities arrested the man on November 29 and seized five cell phones, five laptop computers, and a wireless router, Bernama reported.

A top Malaysian law enforcement official said a task force was formed last summer after complaints were lodged about postings on the Facebook page, according to Bernama.

Prosecutors are considering what -- if any -- legal actions to pursue in the case, Bernama said.

CNN's Amir Ahmed contributed to this report