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Kuwaiti court releases blogger on bail

Al-Jassem is released on $6,850 bail after 49 days in detention - family.

Kuwaiti court releases blogger on bail

The Kuwaiti blogger Mohammad Abdul-Kader al-Jassem has been released on bail following 49 days in detention accused of insulting the ruler and inciting against the government.

Summaya al-Jassem told the AFP news agency Kuwait’s criminal court ordered his release on KD2,000 bail ($6,850) on Monday.

"The judge has just ordered his release on bail. I and the rest of the family are extremely happy and we will complete the necessary procedures to bring him home," she told AFP.

Al-Jassem, 54, has been charged with undermining the emir's status, attacking the regime and spreading false information damaging to Kuwait's national interests.

The case was filed against him by Sheikh Nasser Sabah al-Ahmad, the elder son of Kuwait's ruler.

The reason for Al-Jassem’s release was not clear, but the court’s medical commission concluded his health was deteriorating, according to the report.

Al-Jassem’s defence lawyer Abdullah al-Ahmad told AFP the next hearing was set for September 20.

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