Kuwaiti activist sentenced to 3 years for insulting emir - newspapers

By REUTERS
June 21, 2015 17:08

 
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KUWAIT - A Kuwaiti court sentenced a prominent female human rights activist to three years in jail on charges of insulting the country's ruler on Sunday, newspapers in the country reported.

"The Criminal Court today sentenced Rana al-Sadoun to three years with hard labour in the case of her repeating a speech by Musallam al-Barrak," Kuwaiti newspaper al-Qabas said.

Her supporters online said she currently resides in Lebanon.

Musallam al-Barrak, a former member of parliament, this year began serving a two-year term for a 2012 speech criticizing an election law which he and other opposition politicians said was intended to prevent them getting power.

While Kuwait allows more freedom of speech than some other Gulf Arab states, the country's emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, has the last say in state affairs.


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