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CAS E A NA LYS I S
Case Summary and Outcome
Hamad Al‑Naqi, a Kuwai Shia blogger, was sentence by a Kuwai court to ten years imprisonment for viola ng Ar cle 15 of the Na onal Security
Law and Ar cle 111 of the Penal Code. These charges stem from comments that he posted on Tweeter that cri cized the rulers of Saudi Arabia and
Bahrain and insulted the Prophet Muhammed and his followers. His case was appealed on July 20, 2014, however, the lower court’s decision and
sentence was aﬃrmed.
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In March 2012, Hamad Al‑Naqi posted comments to Twi er that were cri cal of the rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain as well as the Prophet
Muhammed and his followers. He was sentenced to ten years in prison on June 5, 2012. While in prison Al‑Naqi has faced physical violence from
other inmates. In response to this, authori es have placed Al‑Naqi into solitary conﬁnement. 
 Kuwait: 10 Years for Cri cizing Neighboring Rulers, (June 7, 2012), h p://www.hrw.org/news/2012/06/07/kuwait‑10‑years‑cri cizing‑
On June 5, 2012, Kuwait’s Court of First Instance held that Al‑Naqi was guilty of “insul ng the Prophet, the Prophet’s wife and companions, mocking
Islam, provoking sectarian tensions, insul ng the rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and misusing his mobile phone to spread the comments.” 
The Court held that Al‑Naqi had violated both Ar cle 15 of the Na onal Security Law as well as Ar cle 111 of the Kuwai Penal Code.
Ar cle 15 of the Na onal Security Law prescribes a minimum three year sentence for “inten onally broadcas ng news, statements, or false or
malicious rumors…that harm the na onal interest of the state.”  Addi onally, Ar cle 111 of the Penal Code states that a ﬁne shall be imposed on
anyone who “distributes, by any one of the public means speciﬁed in [A]r cle 101, opinions that include sarcasm, contempt, or beli ling of a
religion or a religious school of thought, whether by defama on of its belief system or its tradi ons or its rituals or its instruc ons.”