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Kuwaiti sentenced to 17 years in jail for slandering Emir

Man is sentenced for uploading video onto social media, two others jailed for 10 years

Kuwaiti sentenced to 17 years in jail for slandering Emir
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Kuwait’s criminal court on Wednesday sentenced a local citizen to 17 years in jail.

The man, who was extradited back to Kuwait after escaping to Qatar, was accused of slandering the country’s Emir.

Two other suspects were also sentenced to 10 years in prison for assisting the man’s escape to Qatar by forging official papers.

The man reportedly made offensive remarks about Kuwait’s ruler in a video, which was later uploaded onto social media, the Kuwait Times reported.

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