KUWAIT: Kuwait’s Attorney General Chancellor Dherar Al-Assousi yesterday issued an arrest warrant against MP Abdulhameed Dashti after the parliament lifted his immunity over a case filed against him for slandering Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the judges in the Abdali cell case. Notably, Bahrain’s Public Prosecution had issued a directive including an Interpol arrest warrant against Dashti.
Commenting on the arrest warrant issued by the Public Prosecutor, Dashti, who is currently abroad, stressed that such a measure was unprecedented. He said that the Public Prosecution had dealt with him differently in three previous cases. “Things are obviously different this time and the Public Prosecution made a decision to summon a lawmaker over opinion-related issues,” Dashti added, describing what happened as an unprecedented disaster for civil liberties in Kuwait.
Kuwait has witnessed a dramatic decline in free speech and civil liberties in the last few years. Several activists, journalists and politicians had their citizenship revoked or been jailed for political dissent.
By Meshaal Al-Enezi and A Saleh