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Kuwait deports opposition leader to Saudi Arabia

Prominent opposition politician was arrested by secret police and transported to KSA during the night

Kuwait deports opposition leader to Saudi Arabia

Kuwait has deported a prominent opposition figure to Saudi Arabia after stripping him of his citizenship, his political party has said, according to AFP.

The former spokesman of the Popular Action Movement (PAM), Saad Al Ajmi, was arrested by secret police on Tuesday and escorted to the Saudi city of Khafji by road at night, PAM said in a statement.

Al Ajmi was among several political opponents whose citizenships have been revoked in recent months as part of a crackdown.

Authorities argued Al Ajmi had dual citizenship with Saudi Arabia, which is illegal. He has denied the allegation and filed a lawsuit to challenge the government’s action, according to local media.

Human Rights Watch has called on Kuwait to stop targeting opponents by revoking their citizenships, and to reinstate their nationalities.

There has been no official comment on Al Ajmi’s deportation so far.

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