Kuwait jails 2 for emir insult tweets

KUWAIT CITY (AFP) - A court in Kuwait on Thursday sentenced two opposition activists to prison terms on charges of writing remarks on their Twitter accounts that were deemed offensive to the emir, a defence lawyer said. Sager al-Hashash was given two years in jail with immediate effect while Nasser al-Deehani was handed a 20-month term but was asked to pay 200 dinars ($700) to suspend it, lawyer Khaled al-Humoud wrote on his own Twitter account. The two verdicts are not final as they can be challenged in the Gulf emirate’s court of appeal and supreme courts, Humoud said. The opposition slammed the verdict as politically motivated.

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