Top Kuwait court jails three royals for insulting judiciary

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Kuwait’s supreme court on Monday upheld a five-year jail term against three members of the ruling family, including the former secret service chief, for insulting the judiciary. Charges included posting on Twitter and WhatsApp fake footage showing a top judge accepting a bribe from an aide to former prime minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

Those convicted include Sheikh Athbi Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, a nephew of the Gulf state’s emir and the former head of the secret service police, according to an official court verdict. He was one of the three royals convicted along with two other Kuwaiti citizens.

The Supreme Court also upheld a one-year jail term for a sixth defendant and acquitted six others, according to the verdict. A thirtheenth defendant who allegedly posted the footage online was sentenced to 10 years in jail by a lower court. He did not appeal the verdict.

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