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Kuwaiti politician to stand trial for insulting the UAE

Muslim Brotherhood member Mubarak Fahad Ali Fahad Al Duwailah allegedly made critical comments about Emirati leaders

Kuwaiti politician to stand trial for insulting the UAE

The UAE Attorney-General, Salim Saeed Kubaish, has referred a Kuwaiti national to the country's Federal Supreme Court following investigations that found him allegedly abusing religion to incite sedition, harm national unity, disturb social peace, and intentionally spread false news, circulate rumours and disseminate provocative and malicious propaganda, the official state news agency WAM reported on Sunday.

''The accused, Mubarak Fahad Ali Fahad Al Duwailah, has been referred to the Federal Supreme Court to stand trial in the state criminal security case No. (3) of 2014 for the said charges. The accused, during an offending interview with Al-Majlis television channel of Kuwait's National Assembly, falsely alleged that the UAE was against the Suni Islam school and was imposing such an approach on its authorities,'' the Attorney General said.

The accused, who is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is listed by the UAE as a terrorist organisation, is accused of openly insulted members of the UAE judiciary by falsely alleging that charges filed against those convicted in a 2012 state criminal security case were fabricated.

''These crimes - in which the suspects were convicted - targeted the State's neutrality towards members of community and towards its security authorities and, therefore, were aimed at breaking the country's social fabric, undermining its social stability and peace, stirring up sedition among people, disrupting public security and harming public interest, thus providing extremists with an excuse to subject the safety of public employees and citizens within the State and abroad and its representative entities to attacks and risks in addition to compromising the integrity and neutrality of the judiciary,'' he said.

In December last year, Marzouq Ali Al Ghanim, Speaker of Kuwait's National Assembly, moved to play down the critical comments made by Al Duwailah.

"No one in Kuwait or the UAE needs ocular proof to realise the extent of relations between the two countries which go back deep in history," Al Ghanim said in the statement carried by Kuwait's news agency KUNA, adding that Al Duwailah's criticism of Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, is categorically rejected and totally unacceptable.

He stressed that the National Assembly took all the necessary legal steps regarding this incident on the TV show the very day after it was aired.

Al Ghanim also strongly emphasised that neither himself, as the speaker of the National Assembly, nor any other Kuwaiti would accept or tolerate any damaging criticism of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan who, he said, occupies a special place in the hearts of all Kuwaitis.

Concluding his statement, Al Ghanim said that he "understood the feeling of unease on the part of Emiratis following statements in the TV show."

Neither WAM nor media outlets reporting the story have specified the exact details of the comments made by Al Duwailah against the UAE and its leaders.

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