Five Kuwait politicians' citizenship revoked

Former Islamist opposition legislator and three other members of his family among those affected by draft decree.

    Kuwait  has one of the most vigorously free political scenes in the entire Gulf Arab region [AFP]
    Kuwait has one of the most vigorously free political scenes in the entire Gulf Arab region [AFP]

    Kuwait has stripped five well-known opposition figures of their citizenship, including the owner of a newspaper and television station.

    The official Kuwait News Agency announced the decision by Kuwait's cabinet on Monday, which approved a draft decree to revoke the citizenship of the five.

    Among those named in the decision is Abdullah al-Barghash, a former Islamist opposition legislator, and three other members of his family.

    The government also revoked the nationality of Ahmad al-Shemmeri, owner of the independent Al-Youm television station and Alam Al-Yawm newspaper.

    His newspaper was ordered temporarily shut down twice this year by a court for defying a prosecutor-ordered media blackout about an investigation into a coup plot to overthrow the Gulf monarchy's government.

    The state news agency account did not give a reason for the cabinet's decision.

    SOURCE: AP


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