Kuwaiti court frees al-Barrak

After five straight nights of demonstrations demanding his release, the court freed Kuwaiti opposition leader and former MP Mussallam al-Barrak on a bail of 5,000 dinars ($17,800), triggering jubilation among supporters of the former MP in the small, jampacked courtroom.
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Supporters carry freed Kuwaiti opposition leader and former MP Mussallam al-Barrak (C) during celebrations following his release from jail on July 7, 2014 in Kuwait City. A Kuwaiti court freed al-Barrak today after police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse a fifth straight night of demonstrations demanding his release. Judge Ahmad al-Athari said he was releasing Barrak on a bail of 5,000 dinars ($17,800), triggering jubilation among supporters of the former MP in the small, jam-packed courtroom. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Freed Kuwaiti opposition leader and former MP Mussallam al-Barrak (C) delivers a speech during celebrations following his release from jail on July 7, 2014 in Kuwait City. A Kuwaiti court freed al-Barrak today after police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse a fifth straight night of demonstrations demanding his release. Judge Ahmad al-Athari said he was releasing Barrak on a bail of 5,000 dinars ($17,800), triggering jubilation among supporters of the former MP in the small, jam-packed courtroom. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Kuwaiti riot policemen stand guard during a demonstration of supporters of Kuwaiti opposition leader and former MP Mussallam al-Barrak to ask for his release on July 7, 2014 in Kuwait City, as Barrak is held in custody for alleged slander and insults to the supreme judicial council. At a public rally on June 10, Barrak claimed that former senior officials including members of the ruling family had stolen tens of billions of dollars from public funds and engaged in money laundering. Kuwait riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of opposition protesters. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Supporters of Kuwaiti opposition leader and former MP Mussallam al-Barrak wave flags during a demonstration to ask for his release on July 7, 2014 in Kuwait City, as Barrak is held in custody for alleged slander and insults to the supreme judicial council. At a public rally on June 10, Barrak claimed that former senior officials including members of the ruling family had stolen tens of billions of dollars from public funds and engaged in money laundering. Kuwait riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of opposition protesters. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Supporters of Kuwaiti opposition leader and former MP Mussallam al-Barrak take part in a demonstration to ask for his release on July 7, 2014 in Kuwait City, as Barrak is held in custody for alleged slander and insults to the supreme judicial council. At a public rally on June 10, Barrak claimed that former senior officials including members of the ruling family had stolen tens of billions of dollars from public funds and engaged in money laundering. Kuwait riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of opposition protesters. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Supporters of Kuwaiti opposition leader and former MP Mussallam al-Barrak (portrayed on the shirt) take part in a demonstration to ask for his release on July 7, 2014 in Kuwait City, as Barrak is held in custody for alleged slander and insults to the supreme judicial council. At a public rally on June 10, Barrak claimed that former senior officials including members of the ruling family had stolen tens of billions of dollars from public funds and engaged in money laundering. Kuwait riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of opposition protesters. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Kuwaiti security forces arrive at the scene as tires are burning during a demonstration of supporters of Kuwaiti opposition leader and former MP Mussallam al-Barrak to ask for his release on July 6, 2014 in Kuwait City, as Barrak is held in custody for alleged slander and insults to the supreme judicial council. At a public rally on June 10, Barrak claimed that former senior officials including members of the ruling family had stolen tens of billions of dollars from public funds and engaged in money laundering. Police in Kuwait warned they will deal firmly with any violence by protesters after two nights of confrontations with activists demanding the release of a detained opposition leader. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Kuwaiti security forces arrive at the scene as tires are burning during a demonstration of supporters of Kuwaiti opposition leader and former MP Mussallam al-Barrak to ask for his release on July 6, 2014 in Kuwait City, as Barrak is held in custody for alleged slander and insults to the supreme judicial council. At a public rally on June 10, Barrak claimed that former senior officials including members of the ruling family had stolen tens of billions of dollars from public funds and engaged in money laundering. Police in Kuwait warned they will deal firmly with any violence by protesters after two nights of confrontations with activists demanding the release of a detained opposition leader. (AFP/Getty Images)