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Kuwaiti MP sentenced for 14 years for insulting Saudi and Bahrain

Under the law, any individual convicted of hostile act against a foreign country shall be jailed

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Kuwait has handed one of its parliamentarians, Abdul-Hamid Dashti, to 11 years and six months in prison for insulting Saudi Arabia and a seperate sentence for insulting Bahrain, local Arabic daily Al-Qabas reported.

He was tried as well for defaming Kuwait's judiciary.

In March, the National Assembly of Kuwait, approved the claim presented for lifting Dashti's parliamentary immunity. The request was based on the case on a homeland security lawsuit issued against Dashti for incitement against Saudi Arabia.

Under Kuwaiti law, any individual convicted of a hostile act against a foreign country, which may expose Kuwait to war or the severance of diplomatic relations shall be jailed.

Kuwait's foreign ministry received an official memo from the Saudi Embassy after Dashti appeared on Syrian Al-Ekhbariya TV channel on February 24 and attacked Saudi.

The Saudi ambassador to Kuwait Abdulaziz al-Fayez already mentioned that he previously petitioned a warrant to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait objecting the tenacious provocations Dashiti passed against Saudi.