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5 years for insulting ruler: Kuwaiti court sentences man

Posted on: 1:40 pm, February 3, 2013, by , updated on: 02:02pm, February 3, 2013

A Kuwaiti court sentenced a man to five years in prison on Sunday for insulting the emir on Twitter, according to Reuters.

The court gave Kuwaiti Mohammad Eid al-Ajmi the maximum sentence for the comments. The emir is described as “immune and inviolable” in the constitution.

Kuwait has penalized several Twitter users in recent months for criticizing the emir.

“We call on the government to expand freedoms and adhere to the international (human rights) conventions it has signed,” said lawyer Mohammad al-Humaidi, director of the Kuwait Society for Human Rights, commenting on the case.

 

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