Monday, June 20, 2011

No Free Speech in Kuwait

The tweep above is a Kuwaiti. He got arrested for  criticizing the ruling families of Bahrain & Saudi Arabia on Twitter

Prosecution Orders ‘Tweep’ Held - ‘Four Bloggers Detained’
KUWAIT CITY, June 17: The Public Prosecution has ordered the detention of Kuwaiti ‘tweep’ Nasser Abul until next Sunday when a report from the Criminal Evidences Department will be issued about the contents of Abul’s personal computer which was taken from his home by the CID personnel, reports Al-Dar daily.

Abul, a Kuwaiti Shiite, was arrested on June 9th for criticizing the ruling families of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia on social media site Twitter. Charges of damaging the country’s interests and its ties with brotherly countries were filed against him, and on June 13th, a member of the Bahraini ruling family Sheikh Abdullah Mohammad bin Ahmad Al-Fatih Al-Khalifa had announced that he will sue Abul for slandering and defaming his family. The same day, Abul appeared before the General Prosecution office and was reportedly interrogated for three hours. Abul had denied the charges and said someone hacked his account and had posted the comments.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International has issued a statement calling Kuwaiti authorities to release Abul and not get his confession under duress or subject him to torture.

Amnesty International has also called upon the government to allow him to contact his family, hire a lawyer, give him proper medical care and drop the charges against him concerning his account on Twitter.
In a related development, a security source said four other bloggers have been detained for interrogation

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