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From the Irish Times in Ireland:
Kuwaiti court gives woman 11 years in jail for insulting emir via Twitter
State’s ruler described as “immune and inviolable” in constitution
Mon, Jun 10, 2013, 23:41
A Kuwaiti court sentenced a woman teacher to a total of 11 years in jail yesterday for insulting the emir, inciting regime change and insulting a religious sect via Twitter, two sources close to the case said.
Huda al-Ajmi (37), is the first woman known to have been convicted for criticising the US-allied Gulf Arab state’s ruler, described as “immune and inviolable” in the constitution.
Kuwait has penalised several Twitter users in recent months for slurs against the emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah.
The sources said the court had given Ajmi two consecutive five-year terms for insulting the emir and one year for insulting an unspecified religious sect. “This is the highest sentence of its kind in these kinds of cases,” one source said.
Dutch news agency ANP reports that Ms al-Ajmi was not only sentenced to jail, but to forced labour as well.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
Ms. Ajami had said she was innocent of the charges, contesting that she doesn’t have a Twitter account and that someone must have impersonated her, according to Kuwaiti lawyer Mohammed al Humidi, who is also the director of the Kuwait Society for Human Rights.
From the BBC:
Kuwait has punished several Twitter users in recent months for insulting its ruler, Sheikh Sabah al-Sabah, who is described as “immune and inviolable” in the constitution.
In May, an appeals court overturned a five-year sentence for prominent opposition figure Mussallam al-Barrak who was convicted of “undermining” the ruling emir, says his defence lawyer.
The former MP was arrested over remarks he made at a rally in October, urging the emir to avoid “autocratic” rule in Kuwait. Mr Barrak was handed the sentence in April, but later freed on bail.
His trial prompted angry protests and clashes between activists and police.
There has been a recent clampdown in Kuwait, with activists and MPs being charged with insulting the emir through comments posted on social networking sites such as Twitter.
Kuwait: Three ex-MPs jailed 3 years for insults to emir: here.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Monday 10 June 2013
Saudi Arabia: A woman was killed on Sunday and part of the Indonesian consulate set on fire during a riot by 8,000 workers desperate to sort out their immigration status.
The crowd gathered to sort out their papers following a crackdown by Saudi authorities and were angered by long waits.