Kuwait upholds 20-month Twitter jail term

Second female jailed over tweet deemed offensive to Emir

The Kuwaiti Appeals Court has upheld a 20-month jail sentence for an opposition activist charged with offending the Emir in a comment posted on Twitter, Kuwait Times has reported.

Sara Al-Darees was sentenced last month on charges of insulting the Emir’s status and for misusing her mobile phone.

Defense lawyer Humoud Al-Hajeri said Al-Darees would take the case to the Court of Cassation, Kuwait’s highest court. She also would request the court suspend the jail sentence until the final verdict.

Al-Darees is the second Kuwaiti female to be jailed in relation to comments posted on Twitter after the criminal court last month sentenced Huda Al-Ajmi to 11 years in jail on three charges of insulting the Emir and calling to overthrow the regime.

Her sentence was the longest jail term against an online crime in Kuwait’s history.

At least three youth opposition activists also are serving various jail terms on charges of writing tweets deemed offensive to the Emir, according to Kuwait Times.

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