Rights group: Kuwaiti royal detained over tweets

July 31, 2012 17:15

KUWAIT - Police released a member of Kuwait's Al-Sabah ruling family on Sunday after holding him for several days over remarks on Twitter in which he accused the authorities of corruption and called for political reforms, a rights activist said.

Kuwaiti authorities detained Sheikh Meshaal al-Malik Al-Sabah on Thursday, Anwar al-Rasheed, secretary general of the Gulf Forum for Civil Societies, told Reuters.While Kuwait has one of the most open political systems in the Gulf, the head of the ruling family, the emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, has the final say in political matters.

Elected lawmakers and media commentators often attack the government and senior ruling family members over policy although criticism of the emir is forbidden.

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