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Kuwaiti blogger acquitted by appeals court

Six-month jail sentence against Mohammad Abdul-Kader al-Jassem overturned.

Kuwaiti blogger acquitted by appeals court

A Kuwaiti appeals court has overturned a six-month prison sentence against a leading writer and blogger, the news agency AFP, citing legal sources, reports.

Mohammad Abdul-Kader al-Jassem was sentenced to six months in jail and ordered to pay a $17,500 fine on April 1 for allegedly slandering Sheikh Nasser, a nephew of the Kuwaiti emir.

The prison term was suspended on payment of the fine pending the appeal, AFP reports.

In May, he was arrested and detained for 49 days on separate charges that he insulted the emir and harmed national interests. His next hearing is set for September 20.

Meanwhile, a top liberal activist who spent 10 days in prison has been released and his sentence overturned, AFP reports.

Khaled al-Fadhalah was sentenced to three months in jail on June 30 for allegedly accusing the prime minister of collaborating with others in money laundering.

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