SMH: Mohammad Eid al-Ajmi was sentenced to five years in prison by a Kuwaiti court for insulting the emir on Twitter, news websites al-Rai and alaan.cc reported.
In recent months, Kuwait has penalized several Twitter users for criticizing the emir, who is described as “immune and inviolable” in the constitution.
“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. Courts in Kuwait generally do not comment to the media. Amnesty International said in November Kuwait had increased restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly.
Criticizing the emir is illegal in Kuwait and is considered worthy of a state security charge. Under the law, people who are convicted of the offence face a jail term of up to five years.
In January, a court sentenced two men, Ayyad al-Harbi and Rashed al-Enezi, in separate cases to jail time for insulting the emir on Twitter. Source: Al Arabiya
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