Kuwait court grants bail to opposition politician

Appeals court rules that Musallam al-Barrak should be released on bail of $17,600

Kuwait opposition leader and former MP Musallam al-Barrak. (AFP/Getty Images)

Kuwait opposition leader and former MP Musallam al-Barrak. (AFP/Getty Images)

A Kuwaiti appeals court granted bail to a prominent opposition politician convicted of insulting the ruling emir, a defence lawyer said on Monday.

Musallam al-Barrak, a former member of parliament, was sentenced to five years in jail last week for remarks made at an opposition rally last year. He was not taken into custody.

The five-year sentence was not overturned on Monday, but the court ruled that Barrak should be released on bail of KD5,000 ($17,600) and that his defence team would have a chance to argue his case next month, defence lawyer Dokki al-Hasban told Reuters.

The case has prompted street protests, some of them resulting in confrontations between police and his supporters.

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