The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, attends the closing session of the 25th Arab League summit at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait City, on March 26, 2014
The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, attends the closing session of the 25th Arab League summit at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait City, on March 26, 2014 © Yasser al-Zayyat - AFP
The Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, attends the closing session of the 25th Arab League summit at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait City, on March 26, 2014
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Last updated: May 22, 2014

Kuwait court jails tweeter for emir insult

Kuwait's appeals court ordered an opposition activist to jail on Thursday to start serving a two-year sentence handed down last year for tweets deemed offensive to the Gulf state's ruler.

The court upheld the lower court's verdict against Ayyad al-Harbi, a journalist with a local online bulletin, and ordered that the jail time start immediately, without waiting for any appeal to the supreme court.

Harbi's conviction came in January last year at the height of opposition-led protests against the government's unilateral amendment of the electoral law, which triggered an opposition boycott of a July general election.

Criticising the emir is illegal in Kuwait and is considered a state security offence. Those convicted can face a jail sentence of up to five years.

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