Kuwait Jails 68 Activists and MPs for 2011 Political Protest

Published November 27th, 2017 - 02:49 GMT
The defendants can still appeal the sentences before Kuwait’s Court of Cassation (AFP/File)
The defendants can still appeal the sentences before Kuwait’s Court of Cassation (AFP/File)

A Kuwaiti court on Monday slapped 68 opposition activists, including nine MPs (seven former and two current) to jail terms ranging from one to five years for storming Kuwait’s parliament building in 2011, according to judicial sources.

The defendants can still appeal the sentences before Kuwait’s Court of Cassation, the country’s highest appellate court, sources said, speaking anonymously as they were not authorized to speak to the media.

In late 2013, a criminal court acquitted all the defendants in the case. Public prosecution authorities, however, later challenged the acquittal in a court of appeals.

The same appeals court later sentenced Waleed al-Tabtabaie and Jamaan al-Harbash -- two sitting MPs -- to five years in prison each.

Former MPs Musallam al-Barrak, Faisal al-Maslam, Mubarak al-Waalan, Khalid al-Tahoos, Salem al-Namlan and Fahd al-Khanna were all slapped with similar jail terms.

Another former MP, Mohamed al-Khalifa, meanwhile, was slapped with a year behind bars.

The lawmakers were convicted of “resisting security personnel” and “trespassing on [public] property with the intention of committing a crime”.

After the sentences were announced, al-Harbash tweeted: "It’s better to be in prison than to be a traitor or to be guilty of bribery."

In Nov. 2011, the nine opposition MPs -- along with dozens of supporters -- stormed the parliament building in Kuwait City to protest what they described as the country’s “deteriorating political situation”.

 

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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