Kuwait blogger’s sentence increased

Activist acquitted in police assault case
  • By Habib Toumi Bureau chief
Manama: Kuwait’s court of appeals on Wednesday increased the prison sentence against blogger Bader Al Rasheedi to five years from two.
The blogger was put on trial on charges related to undermining the status of the emir and challenging the prerogatives of the emir.
His lawyer said that he can challenge the ruling at the court of cassation.
In a separate case, the court acquitted activist Abdul Hakim Al Fadhli after the criminal court sentenced him to two years in jail.
The lower court issued its verdict based on the charges of organising outlawed demonstrations, encouraging people to take part in illegal rallies and assaulting the police.
However, the court of appeals dismissed the charges.