A Kuwaiti court Tuesday sentenced an opposition activist to 10 years in jail for publishing a diagram on Twitter showing how a petrol bomb is made, the court ruling said. The court convicted Sager Al-Hashash of inciting attacks on policemen, providing training on the manufacture of Molotov cocktails, taking part in an unlicenced protest, and disobeying police orders.
The charges were based on a tweet Hashash sent in July showing a diagram on Molotov cocktails which explained how they are made. The ruling, which can still be appealed, was issued in absentia because he is not currently in Kuwait. Hashash, a young activist, was handed a 20-month jail term in January for allegedly insulting His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Kuwaiti courts have handed down prison sentences to several opposition activists and former lawmakers for remarks deemed insulting to HH the Amir as well as other charges.