Kuwait court gives 10 years for Twitter `insults'

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6/4/2012 1:36:50 PM - AP News

A defense lawyer in Kuwait says a court has sentenced a man to 10 years in prison for Twitter posts deemed insulting to Islam and to the rulers of Gulf allies Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.

The case appears to reflect a growing conservative influence in Kuwait.

The lawyer, Khaled al-Shatti, is quoted Monday in Gulf media reports as saying his client, Hamad al-Naqi, has a chance to appeal the sentence.

Al-Naqi claims his Twitter account was hacked.

Prosecutors say Al-Naqi's account contained posts insulting to the Prophet Muhammad and the Gulf states of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Bahrain's Sunni monarchy has waged nearly 16 months of crackdowns against a Shiite-led uprising. Bahrain's rulers are strongly aided by neighboring Saudi Arabia.