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Kuwaitis protest after politician jailed for insulting ruler

Prominent opposition politician Musallam al-Barrak sent to prison for five years

Kuwaitis protest after politician jailed for insulting ruler
Thousands of Kuwaitis demonstrate in Kuwait City after the lower court sentenced key opposition leader Mussallam al-Barrak to five years in prison for insulting the emir
Kuwaitis protest after politician jailed for insulting ruler
\nThe court found Musallam al-Barrak, an outspoken former member of parliament, guilty of insulting Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah in a speech in October last year in which he appealed to the emir to avoid "autocratic rule"
Kuwaitis protest after politician jailed for insulting ruler
\nAlthough OPEC member and US ally Kuwait has avoided the kind of mass pro-democracy unrest seen in other Arab countries, tensions have mounted between former parliament members and the government, dominated by the Al-Sabah family
Kuwaitis protest after politician jailed for insulting ruler
\nBarrak's lawyer Mohammed Abdulqader al-Jassem said the defence team was considering filing an appeal against the sentence issued by the criminal court
Kuwaitis protest after politician jailed for insulting ruler
Thousands of Kuwaitis demonstrate in Kuwait City after the lower court sentenced key opposition leader Mussallam al-Barrak to five years in prison for insulting the emir
Kuwaitis protest after politician jailed for insulting ruler
Thousands of Kuwaitis demonstrate in Kuwait City after the lower court sentenced key opposition leader Mussallam al-Barrak to five years in prison for insulting the emir
Kuwaitis protest after politician jailed for insulting ruler
Islamist opposition and former MP Falah al-Sawagh (L) speaks as thousands of Kuwaitis demonstrate in Kuwait City
Kuwaitis protest after politician jailed for insulting ruler
Thousands of Kuwaitis demonstrate in Kuwait City on Thousands of Kuwaitis demonstrate in Kuwait City after the lower court sentenced key opposition leader Mussallam al-Barrak to five years in prison for insulting the emir court sentenced key opposition leader Mussallam al-Barrak to five years in prison for insulting the emir. Around 10,000 people gathered at Barrak's residence southwest of the capital Kuwait City and marched on the nearby central jail, where Barrak could serve his jail term, disrupting traffic at a major highway without any police interference. (AFP/Getty Images)
Kuwaitis protest after politician jailed for insulting ruler
Thousands of Kuwaitis demonstrate in Kuwait City after the lower court sentenced key opposition leader Mussallam al-Barrak to five years in prison for insulting the emir
Kuwaitis protest after politician jailed for insulting ruler
Thousands of Kuwaitis demonstrate in Kuwait City after the lower court sentenced key opposition leader Mussallam al-Barrak to five years in prison for insulting the emir