Kuwaiti gets 5-year jail for insulting ruler

The convicted man’s lawyer said the ruling against Kuwaiti Mohammed Al Mikhyal was “harsh” and did not take into account his mental health problems.

By (Reuters)

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Published: Thu 19 Dec 2013, 11:08 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 5:33 PM

A Kuwaiti appeals court on Wednesday upheld a five-year prison term given to a man convicted of insulting the country’s Amir, his lawyer said, the latest in a series of cases involving criticism of ruling authorities.

This year US-ally Kuwait has penalised several Kuwaitis for remarks deemed offensive towards the Amir, who is described as “immune and inviolable” in the constitution and shielded from criticism by the penal code.

The convicted man’s lawyer said the ruling against Kuwaiti Mohammed Al Mikhyal was “harsh” and did not take into account his mental health problems.

Lawyer Mohammed Al Humaidi said his client had been treated for mental illness since 1997 and “is not aware of his actions.” He told Reuters he would appeal to a higher court.

While many of those convicted in the past were pardoned in July, in general dozens of Kuwaitis have been charged with insulting the Amir, His Highness Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, especially on social media.



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