Kuwaiti jailed for insulting emir on Twitter
A Kuwaiti court sentenced a man to two years in prison on Monday for insulting the country’s ruler on Twitter, reports Reuters, the second person to be jailed for the offence in as many days.
The US backed government has been cracking down on social media activists in the country recently.
Kuwait has seen a series of opposition-organized protests, including one on Sunday night, since the ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, used emergency powers in October to change the voting system
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 criticize the Kuwait government and the emir. He tweeted on Sunday: “Tomorrow morning is my trial’s verdict on charges of slander against the emir, spreading of false news.”
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