Kuwait upholds two-year jail sentence for activist blogger

Supreme Court confirms punishment of Ayyad al-Harbi for tweets that ‘insulted’ emir

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By  Stephen McBride Published  April 6, 2015

Kuwait's highest court yesterday upheld a two-year jail sentence for an activist blogger accused of insulting the emir, AFP reported.

Other online activists said Ayyad al-Harbi's tweets were merely reproductions of verse by Iraqi poet Ahmad Matar, which criticised Arab rulers in general.

Harbi is a journalist in his 20s who worked for the Sabr news website at the time of his arrest in May.

Criticising the emir is considered a serious offence under Kuwaiti law and can carry a sentence of up to five years.

Harbi's sentence yesterday was handed down by the Gulf country's Supreme Court and is final.

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