Kuwaiti ex-MP held over emir remarks to be freed on bail

November 1, 2012 15:26

KUWAIT - Kuwaiti authorities have decided to free a prominent opposition politician on bail after charging him with insulting the ruling emir, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Although OPEC member Kuwait has avoided the kind of mass pro-democracy unrest seen in other Arab countries, tensions have mounted between the elected parliament and the government, dominated by the Al-Sabah family, ahead of a December vote.

Musallam al-Barrak, an outspoken former member of parliament was picked up from his home on Monday night, two weeks after a protest rally at which he made rare critical remarks directed at the emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah.

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