Wednesday , February 21 2018

Jail term on royal upheld

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 25, (AFP): A Kuwaiti appeals court on Wednesday upheld a three-year prison sentence for a member of the ruling family on charges of insulting HH the Amir and other members of the ruling family. Sheikh Abdullah Salem Al-Sabah was handed the jail term in September.

Both he and the public prosecution appealed. The charges related to video messages he posted on social media in early 2015 in which he strongly criticised the  functioning of the government. Members of the Al-Sabah ruling family hold top cabinet posts in Kuwait.

Any criticism of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah can result in charges of insulting the ruler. Dozens of opposition activists have been jailed for the offence in recent years. Sheikh Abdullah had previously been questioned and detained in similar cases.

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