Kuwaiti jailed 4 yrs over Saudi tweets

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KUWAIT: The lower court yes­ter­day sen­tenced an ac­tivist to four years in jail for post­ing com­ments on Twit­ter deemed of­fen­sive to Saudi Ara­bia. The court con­victed Hamed Buyabes, a Kuwaiti, of “in­sult­ing a broth­erly coun­try and en­dan­ger­ing diplo­matic ties with it” a year ago, the ver­dict said. The for­mer colum­nist con­firmed the sen­tence on Twit­ter, say­ing he had only been de­fend­ing the in­ter­ests of his coun­try dur­ing a row with Riyadh over a border port. The sen­tence is not fi­nal as it can be chal­lenged be­fore the ap­peals and supreme courts.

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