Former Kuwaiti lawmaker still on travel ban awaits trial for offensive remarks

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He criticised Jordanian King Abdullah II and described him as an “agent” of Zionism. “Those mercenaries sent by their Zionist king, the Jordanian king, are the sons of those who betrayed Kuwait in 1990.”

Al-Barrak was referring to earlier media reports that 3,500 Jordanian troops were deployed in Kuwait to help quell popular demonstrations.

A source in Jordan’s foreign ministry responded Barrak’s statements were “petty, vulgar words,” according to media reports.

Barrak was arrested on October 29 and remanded to 10 days in custody, sparking violent demonstrations in which more than 30 protesters and several policemen were injured.

He was eventually freed on Nov.1 on bail of $35,700.

Three other former opposition MPs -- Falah al-Sawwagh, Khaled al-Tahus and Bader al-Dahum -- are to appear in court on Tuesday on similar charges. They were detained for five days last month before being freed on bail of $17,800, according to AFP.

A fifth former lawmaker is to appear in court on November 26 while a sixth ex-MP is facing similar charges but no date has been set for his trial.

Kuwait's Islamist, nationalist and liberal opposition has been staging protests against a decision by the emir to amend the electoral law.

The opposition claims that the change is not legal and is aimed at electing a rubber stamp parliament when voters go to polls on December 1.

Three major protests in the past three weeks have turned violent but a massive rally on Sunday passed peacefully. The opposition has said it will continue protesting until the law is repealed.

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