Kuwait detains ex-MP who criticized visit by Sisi

KUWAIT CITY (AA) – Kuwait's prosecution authorities on Wednesday ordered the detention for ten days of a former member of parliament for "offending" both his country and Egypt, judicial sources have said.

Former MP Saleh al-Mula was interrogated by prosecutors on Tuesday after making comments on Twitter in which he criticized this week's visit to Kuwait by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, the sources said.

Hussein al-Abdullah, a lawyer for al-Mula, said his client had been temporarily detained, noting that, according to Article 69 of Kuwait's legal procedures law, temporary detentions are used to prevent suspects from escaping.

Al-Abdullah, however, said temporary detention was not appropriate to his client's case.

Al-Mula's detention has, meanwhile, sparked an uproar across Kuwait, where a number of activists have created hashtags calling for the former MP's release.

Some former opposition MPs said they would stage a solidarity demonstration outside al-Mula's home this evening to protest his detention.

Al-Mula was accused by prosecutors on Tuesday of "acting in a way that jeopardizes Kuwait-Egypt relations," according to his lawyer.

He said al-Mula had admitted to writing the comments on Twitter but had denied the charges leveled against him.

Commenting on al-Sisi's visit, al-Mula had said the Egyptian president was "not welcome" in the Gulf state.

Al-Mula, who has served as a liberal member of parliament, boycotted Kuwait's 2012 parliamentary polls.

Al-Sisi wrapped up a two-day visit to Kuwait on Tuesday, during which he discussed bilateral relations with Kuwaiti officials.


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