Sunday 27 May 2018

Teacher gets 11 years for tweet insult of emir

Sami Aboudi Kuwait

A KUWAITI court has sentenced a woman teacher to a total of 11 years in jail for insulting the emir, inciting regime change and insulting a religious sect via Twitter, two sources close to the case said.

Huda al-Ajmi (37) is the first woman known to have been convicted for criticising the Gulf Arab state's ruler, described as "immune and inviolable" in the constitution.

Kuwait has penalised several Twitter users in recent months for slurs against the emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah. The political trials have drawn rebuke abroad and anger at home.

The sources said the court had given Ajmi two consecutive five-year terms for insulting the emir and one year for insulting an unspecified religious sect.

One source said: "Ajmi has not yet been taken into custody and can appeal the sentences."

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