Kuwait: Blogger sentenced to ten years in prison

A Kuwaiti blogger has been sentence to ten years in prison and fined 1000 Kuwaiti dinars for “insulting the Prince and his powers” in poems uploaded on YouTube. Lawrence al-Rashidi was initially accused of “spreading false news and rumors about the situation in the country”  and “calling on tribes to confront the ruling regime, and bring down its transgressions” in June 2011. The blogger is also being tried as a result of posts on Twitter, deemed to be “an insult to the princely identity” by authorities.