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Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah

Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah

Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah

A PROMINENT Kuwaiti opposition politician was sentenced to five years in jail today for insulting the country's ruler, his lawyer said.

It is a decision that could increase tension in the oil exporter and U.S. Arab ally.

The court found Musallam al-Barrak, an outspoken former member of parliament, guilty of insulting Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah in a speech in October last year in which he appealed to the emir to avoid "autocratic rule".

Reuters