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Kuwaiti accused of insulting emir has sentence halved

Appeal court upholds verdict on Sager Al Hashash but reduces his sentence to a year

Kuwaiti accused of insulting emir has sentence halved

The Kuwaiti activist accused of insulting the country’s ruler on Twitter lost his appeal on Monday but had his sentence halved to one year.

Sager Al Hashash was sentenced on March 7 to two years in jail for remarks he made on the social networking site. While an appeal court upheld his conviction he had his overall sentence reduced to 12 months.

Al Hashash is one of a number of Kuwaiti arrested for insulting the emir, which is illegal in the Gulf state.

Earlier this month, Musallam al-Barrak, an outspoken former member of parliament, was found guilty of insulting the emir in a speech in October 2012 and was sentenced to five years in jail.

The new comes as Kuwait moves to introduce new media laws which would include fines of around $1m for insulting the country’s rulers.

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