8 Jan 2013

Jail sentence imposed for insulting emir

5:38 am on 8 January 2013

A court in Kuwait sentenced an opposition activist to two years in prison on Monday for insulting the emir on his Twitter account.

Another tweeter received an identical sentence the day before.

Both are expected to appeal. The court acquitted a third accused on charges of abusing the emir's authority.

Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah used emergency powers in October to change the voting system.