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Kuwaiti activist detained over tweets "insulting" Emir

الأربعاء | 28-09-2016 - 07:21 صباحاً

The Public Prosecution’ decided On Monday (27 September) to jail tweep Sara Al-Derees for 21 days on a charge of “insulting the Emir” in connection to some comments posted through her “Twitter” account.

Yesterday, the Public Prosecution ordered the detention of Sara Al-Derees in order to resume her investigation after she turned herself in when an arrest warrant was issued against her by the Public Prosecution on Thursday the 23rd of September, against the backdrop of some “tweets” deemed by the Ministry of Interior to “have insulted the Emir”. Al-Derees clarified in later comments that she meant by “Al-Motradya and Al-Nateeha”- words in Quran verses meaning things that are in worsening condition and were toppled- those gullible people who are offending us for the pardon we received from the Emir- ( the country’s governor).

“Sara Abdul Wahab Abdul Latif Abdul Aziz Mohammed Derees” is a tweep and political activist. She was born on 3 January 1987, and works as a teacher at the Ministry of Education. She had participated in various protest activities. She is also the first prisoner of opinion in Kuwait, as she had been previously charged with “insulting the Emir” through her Twitter account. She had been sentenced to 20 months in prison with force and labor on the 17th of July 2013. Many human rights organizations and different political movements had accordingly shown their solidarity with her. On 30 July 2013, Sara was released on an Amiri pardon.

On April 13, noteworthy, the High Court of Misdemeanors acquitted Sara from the charges of “insulting religions” in relation to a complaint filed by a lawyer to the Attorney General onNovember 4. The lawyer accused Al-Derees of offending the Prophet Muhammed in reference to a tweet written by her about one of the heritage books’ novel on the Prophet’s marriage of Sayyidah Safiyyah, deeming it incompatible with Sharia’a (the Islamic Law). She also raised the importance of reviewing the heritage books and researching the validity of the novels, in order to be consistent with reality and not be exploited by extremist groups that could depend on such novels as a reference for Daa’shanization (following the footsteps of Daa’sh “ISIS”).