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Rashid Saleh al-Anzi gets two years in prison for Twitter insult

Rashid Saleh al-Anzi insulted the ruler of Kuwait on Twitter. Rashid Saleh al-Anzi, who has 5,700 Twitter followers, was sentenced to two years in prison.

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Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah waves as he enters the Kuwait Parliament in Kuwait City last month. For insulting the Emir on Twitter, Rashid Saleh al-Anzi was sentenced to two years in prison.

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A Kuwaiti court sentenced a man to two years in prison for insulting the country's ruler on Twitter, a lawyer following the case said, as the Gulf Arab state cracks down on criticism of the authorities on social media.

According to the verdict on Sunday, published by online newspaper Alaan, a tweet written by Rashid Saleh al-Anzi in October "stabbed the rights and powers of the Emir" Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah.

Anzi, who has 5,700 Twitter followers, was expected to appeal, the lawyer, who asked not to be named, told Reuters.

Kuwait, a U.S. ally and major oil producer, has been taking a firmer line on politically sensitive comments aired on the Internet.

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