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Kuwaiti Journalist Imprisoned For Seven Years For Insulting Qatari Emir

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A Kuwaiti court sentenced journalist Fouad Al-Hashem to seven years in prison for insulting Qatar. Authorities charged him for “insulting the Emir of Qatar, his mother and father on Twitter” in violation of the Electronic Media Act.

“For the first time in years I slept calmly without disturbance by a court representative to inform me of a complaint against me from [Former Qatar prime minister] Hamad Bin Jassem or others,” he said.

Kuwait Criminal Court ordered the arrest of Al-Hashem in September, along with the editor-in-chief of a local newspaper.

Al-Hashem constantly called to overthrow the regime in Qatar and appoint Sheikh Abdullah Ali Al Thani, a close ally of Saudi Arabia to replace Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.

He was penalised by the Kuwaiti Misdemeanor Court for insulting the Interior Ministry’s Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship and Residency Affairs, Major General Mazen Al-Jarrah, on Twitter.

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