11 Jun 2013

Prison sentence for insult on Twitter

9:16 am on 11 June 2013

A court in Kuwait has sentenced a woman to 11 years in prison for insulting the country's ruler on Twitter.

Huda Al-Ajmi, 37, a teacher, was also convicted of trying to overthrow the regime and insulting a religious sect. She can appeal against the verdict.

Kuwait has punished several Twitter users in recent months for insulting its ruler, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, who is described as "immune and inviolable" in the constitution.

While Kuwait has not seen the same scale of pro-democracy uprisings as in other Arab states, the BBC reports tension is growing between former MPs and the government, which is dominated by the Sabah family.