Tweet jails Kuwaiti KUWAIT CITY, June 19, (AFP): Kuwait’s lower court on Mon­day sen­tenced an op­po­si­tion ac­tivist to 15 years in prison for in­sult­ing the ju­di­ciary on Twit­ter, the third sen­tence against him since 2014. Sager Al-Hashash was found guilty of

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The sen­tence is not fi­nal and Hashash can still chal­lenge it be­fore the ap­peals and supreme courts.

In 2015, Hashash was sen­tenced to 10 years in jail for pub­lish­ing a di­a­gram on Twit­ter show­ing how to make a petrol bomb, at a time when Kuwait was rocked by vi­o­lent street protests.

At the time the court also con­victed Hashash, of in­cit­ing at­tacks on po­lice­men and pro­vid­ing train­ing on the man­u­fac­ture of Molo­tov cock­tail.

Hashash, who is in his 20s, has not yet started to serve the 2015 sen­tence which he has chal­lenged, and is await­ing a fi­nal rul­ing from the supreme court.

In 2014, he also ran into trou­ble with the ju­di­ciary and was handed a 20-month jail term for al­legedly in­sult­ing HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah AlAh­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Twit­ter.

Kuwaiti courts have handed down prison sen­tences in re­cent years to sev­eral op­po­si­tion ac­tivists and for­mer law­mak­ers for re­marks deemed in­sult­ing to the Amir as well as other charges.

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