Kuwaiti politician jailed for insulting emir: lawyer

April 15, 2013 8:55 AM

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Kuwaiti politician jailed for insulting emir: lawyer

KUWAIT (Reuters) - A prominent Kuwaiti opposition politician was sentenced to five years in jail on Monday for insulting the country's ruler, his lawyer said.

The 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".

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