Kuwait City, 22 July: Kuwait’s appeals court today overturned a three-year jail term on three former Opposition MPs and acquitted them from the charge of insulting the emir, a rights activist said.
In February, a lower court handed the jail terms against Falah al-Sawwagh, Bader al-Dahum and Khaled al-Tahus for making remarks at a public rally in October 2012 that were deemed offensive to Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah.
“The appeals court acquitted the three former lawmakers,” Mohammad al-Humaidi, director of the Kuwait Society for Human Rights wrote on his Twitter account.
The Kuwaiti government can still challenge the acquittal before the Supreme Court whose rulings are final.
Also today the appeals court reduced a two-year jail term that had been handed to law professor Rashed al-Hajeri for tweeting remarks that had been deemed insulting to the ruler, according to the verdict.
Hajeri, who was convicted of publicly undermining the authorities of the emir and for misusing his mobile phone, will now serve 20 months in prison. AFP