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condemned the verdict returned by the Kuwaiti Criminal Court today,
January 18, to imprison a tweep named “Awad Al-Mutairi” (aka:
Carlos) for 5 years with labor over the charges of “insulting the
Emir” and Saudi Arabia through writing abusive tweets in the
aftermath of the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.
On January 24, 2015, large numbers of security forces stormed the house of Abdulaziz Al-Mutairi and inspected it; causing dismay
among the family members. Then, the forces detained his brother “Ahmed” for 10 hours, pressurizing him into speaking out about
Abdulaziz’s whereabouts. On January 26, 2015, Abdullaziz was arrested for posting a tweet about the death of Saudi King Abdullah
bin Abdulaziz on a Twitter parody account called “Carols”. The Kuwaiti authorities saw the tweet posing a danger to Kuwait
concerning severing ties with a brotherly country (Saudi Arabia).

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Al-Mutairi was subjected to torture during his detention at the state security service’s building, according his lawyer’s statements to
the media. The public prosecution accused him of harming the national interests of the country and insulting the late king Abdullah.
The criminal court released him on March 15, 2015 on bail of 3000 Dinars. Throughout the hearings, the court heard the testimony
of a state security officer, who confirmed that Abdullaziz is the owner of this parody account. In the meantime, Abdullaziz denied
that testimony.
Noteworthy, the Kuwaiti authorities has passed the law no. 63 of 2015, a new law for the cybercrimes. It came into effect on
January 12, 2016, while the National Assembly approved it on the 16th o June 2015. The law is drafted to give the authorities a
broader legal space to narrow down the Kuwaiti citizens’ rights to freedom of expression, to prosecute dissidents, activists,
journalists and others; using vague explanations of the moral motives and requirements of the national security. The new law also
contradicts the international law that requires clarity and accuracy in connection with defining crimes. In addition, this new law 
breaches the UN decision on the promotion and protection of human rights, and their use on the Internet that was issued in 2014. on
the other hand, some Kuwaiti entities proclaimed their refusal of it, deeming it a new repressive and anti-freedoms law, particularly
freedom of opinion and expression under the cover of anti-cybercrime law.

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“The judgment passed today violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the international conventions on freedom of
opinion and expression. This verdict comes under a state of crackdown on the limited space for freedom of expression, by the
repressive Kuwaiti authorities, under several claims including fighting terrorism, protecting ties with a friendly country, or insulting
the Emir. All these claims are used to justify the repression against dissidents and violations of freedom of expression and opinion,”
ANHRI said.
Kuwaiti authorities should abandon the prosecution of tweeps and political opponents over vague claims, and stop the continual
hostility against the right to freedom of opinion, expression and thought, ANHRI demands.
 
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