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Kuwait MP Gets New Jail Term for Criticizing UAE, Saudi Arabia
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A Kuwaiti court on Thursday sentenced lawmaker Abdulhameed Dashti to 11 years' jail in absentia for insults against the emirate's ruler and its neighbor Saudi Arabia.

Kuwaiti MP Abdulhameed Dashti

Any criticism of Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah can result in charges of insulting him, and dozens of opposition activists have been jailed for the offense in the past few years.

The verdict against Dashti, announced in a court statement, comes two months after he was sentenced to 14 years and six months for a similar offense.

Dashti has been living abroad for several months, after leaving Kuwait in March to seek medical treatment in Britain.

In the latest ruling, the criminal court in Kuwait City deemed as offensive his remarks about the emir and neighboring Saudi Arabia.

The outspoken lawmaker was also convicted in July of endangering ties with Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, and for calling on people to join Lebanon's Hizbullah.

Dashti confirmed the latest court ruling on Twitter, saying he expects more sentences that could amount to 100 years' jail as he is facing about a dozen similar cases.

The verdicts are not final but Dashti can only challenge once he returns to the oil-rich emirate. He has not said when he will go back.

He denounced the 2011 Saudi military invasion to Bahrain to support the government against the peaceful protests.

The next ruling against him is scheduled for October 10.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team

23-09-2016 | 13:09


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