February 4 , 2018 – FRN –
The Kuwait Criminal Court has sentenced the Kuwaiti Abdallah Al-Saleh to 31 years in prison for a series of insults against Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE on social networks.
Al-Saleh repeatedly spoke out on Twitter, as well as YouTube against the authorities of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE because of their decision to break off relations with Qatar. The man took offense because he used to live in Qatar.
The accused himself was not present at the trial – he fled to the UK. According to media reports, Al-Saleh asked the British authorities for political asylum. Earlier he wrote on Twitter that he did not plan to serve his sentence.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar in June 2017, accusing the country of supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal affairs. Kuwait assumed the role of mediator in this conflict.