World Kuwait releases journalist accused of insulting UAE

Kuwait releases journalist accused of insulting UAE

Prime Minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum
Prime Minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum

(AA) – A Kuwaiti court on Monday ordered the release of a local journalist – on bail set at some $600 – pending his trial on charges of “insulting” the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Hamed Buyabis, chief editor of the Al-Shaab weekly newspaper, was arrested on Feb. 28 for “offending” the UAE people and Vice-President and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum after ridiculing the latter on Twitter.

Buyabis faces another trial for allegedly “insulting” Saudi Arabia after having been released on bail set at $14,000 in November.