Middle East

Kuwaiti Given Two Year Prison Sentence For Tweet

Found guilty of insulting emir

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A Kuwaiti court has sentenced a man to two years in prison for insulting the country's ruler on Twitter, his lawyer says.

The man, who was sentenced on Monday, became the second person to be jailed for the offence in as many days.

Kuwait has clamped down in recent months on political activists who have been using social media websites to criticise the government and the ruling family.

The country has seen a series of protests, including one on Sunday night, since the ruling emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al Sabah, used emergency powers in October to change the voting system.

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