A Kuwaiti appeals court on Sunday sentenced an opposition politician to two years in jail for insulting the country’s ruler, local media reported. Defence lawyers said they intend to appeal the ruling against Mussallam Al-Barrak, an outspoken former member of parliament, to the highest court, news website alaan.cc said. Other news websites carried similar reports.
A lower court in 2013 found Barrak guilty of insulting Sheikh Sabah al- Ahmad al-Sabah, in a 2012 speech in which he appealed to him to avoid “autocratic rule”. The court sentenced him to five years in jail. Alaan.cc said security forces were deployed outside the Palace of Justice court in Kuwait City but there was no repeat of the demonstrations that accompanied the sentence in 2013. Barrak, who was at his guest house when the ruling was issued, said he was ready to turn himself in to security forces