Dozens rally in solidarity with detained ex-Kuwaiti MP

KUWAIT CITY – Dozens of protesters have staged a demonstration in Kuwait City in solidarity with a former parliamentarian who had been detained by authorities after he criticized a recent visit by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to Kuwait.

Dozens of protesters, including former MPs, gathered Wednesday evening outside the private residence of Salah al-Mula to protest a decision by prosecutors to detain the liberal ex-MP for ten days on charges of "offending" his country and Egypt.

"There is no justification for al-Mula's detention," his lawyer Abdullah al-Ahmed, who also took part in the protest, told The Anadolu Agency.

He also said that investigators ordered al-Mula's detention immediately after he arrived at the prosecutor-general's office on Tuesday and that he has not been questioned thus far.

Al-Mula was interrogated by prosecutors on Tuesday after making comments on Twitter in which he criticized this week's visit to Kuwait by al-Sisi earlier this week.

"Sisi, you are not welcome," al-Mula had said on Twitter. "The Kuwaiti people are more worthy of their country's funds."

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 Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and other Kuwaiti officials.

Kuwait had been among the first Arab states to support the Egyptian government which followed the military ouster of Mohamed Morsi, the country's first freely elected president and Muslim Brotherhood leader, in the summer of 2013 following massive protests against his rule.

Since Morsi's ouster, Kuwait has provided Egypt with $4 billion worth of financial assistance: $2 billion had been deposited at Egypt's central bank, $1 billion worth of petroleum products and an additional $1 billion grant.

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