The criminal court yesterday sentenced three royals and two others to five years each, a sixth man for one year and handed down a 10-year term to a seventh man in absentia.
The ruling family members include Sheikh Athbi Al-Fahd Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the former chief of the State Security Agency and the younger brother of Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahd Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, the former energy minister who currently holds several posts in international sports federations like FIFA, the Olympic Council of Asia and the International Olympic Committee.
The defendants remain free on bail. They were among were among 13 people charged with using Whatsapp and Twitter to insult HH the Amir and accuse top judges of accepting bribes, the court ruled.
Also convicted was the former editor-in-chief of Al-Watan newspaper and TV, Sheikh Khalifa Al-Ali Al-Khalifa, which were both closed by the government last year for violating the corporate finance rules in a decision ratified by the courts.
The rulings are not final as they can be challenged at the appeals and supreme court.
Source: Arab Times