Rights group welcomes bail ruling for Kuwaiti politician

Former Kuwaiti opposition MP Musallam al-Barrak. (AFP/Getty Images)

Former Kuwaiti opposition MP Musallam al-Barrak. (AFP/Getty Images)

An international human rights group has welcomed the decision of a Kuwait court to grant bailed to Mussalam al-Barrak, who had been jailed for insulting the country's ruler.

Kuwait’s Court of Appeal released the former member of parliament on bail on Monday, in his appeal of a five-year sentence.

“It’s good that the court released al-Barak on bail but the prosecutors should never have brought these charges in the first place,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch.

“Every Kuwaiti has a right to express views critical of the government, even if the emir thinks these views are insulting.”

The court stayed the lower court’s verdict, pending the full hearing of the appeal on May 13, and released al-Barak on KD5,000 ($17,519) bail.

Two Kuwaiti judges, Anwar al-Anizi and Adel al-Huwaidi, and an Egyptian judge, Ahmed Abadha, presided over the hearing, which Human Rights Watch attended.

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.

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

Related:
Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

  • No comments yet, be the first!

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Further reading

Features & Analysis
Abandoned in Saudi desert camps, migrant workers won't leave without pay

Abandoned in Saudi desert camps, migrant workers won't leave without pay

Plight of workers has alarmed their home countries and drawn...

2
How an exodus of professional workers is reshaping Qatar

How an exodus of professional workers is reshaping Qatar

Many of the foreign workers who make up the bulk of the 2.5m...

At height of Turkish coup bid, rebel jets had Erdogan's plane in their sights

At height of Turkish coup bid, rebel jets had Erdogan's plane in their sights

Rebel F-16s harassed Erdogan's jet mid-flight as President "evaded...

Most Discussed
sponsoredTracking