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Kuwait opposition leader jailed for insulting Emir

A prominent Kuwaiti opposition leader has been jailed for five years for insulting the emir. Mussallam al-Barrak, a former MP, had first been detained in October on suspicion of “undermining the status of the emir”. He had warned the Emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Sabah, in a speech that he would not be allowed to “take Kuwait into the abyss of autocracy”. Several former MPs and tweeters have been jailed for insulting the emir. Kuwait has not witnessed the same scale of pro-democracy uprisings as in other Arab states, but there has been growing tension between former members of parliament and the government, which is dominated by the al-Sabah family Last December, … Continue reading

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Kuwait sentences man to two years in jail for insulting Emir

A Kuwaiti court sentenced a man to two years in prison on Monday for insulting the country’s ruler on Twitter, his lawyer said, the second to be jailed for the offence in as many days. The U.S.-allied Gulf Arab state has clamped down in recent months on political activists who have been using social media websites to criticise the government and the ruling family. The court sentenced Ayyad al-Harbi, who has more than 13,000 followers on Twitter, to the prison term two months after his arrest and release on bail. Harbi used his Twitter account to criticise the Kuwait government and the emir. He tweeted on Sunday: “Tomorrow morning is … Continue reading

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