Kuwait court upholds prison sentence for insulting ruler on Twitter

[JURIST] A Kuwaiti appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that sentenced a man to five years in prison for posting comments about the Gulf nation’s ruler on Twitter. Defense lawyer Fahad al-Harbi announced [AP report] Thursday that the court upheld the sentence of his client, Abdulaziz al-Mutairi, for tweets made in 2012 that were deemed insulting to Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah [official website], Kuwait’s emir and hereditary ruler. This ruling follows a similar detainment [JURIST report] earlier this month of former lawmaker Saleh al-Mullah [personal Twitter account] for tweets criticizing the ruler. Insulting the emir remains a crime in Kuwait, but Mutairi will seek a further appeal.



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