Kuwait arrests activists for anti-Saudi remarks

Dubai, Jan 29 (IANS) Police in Kuwait have arrested several online activists for posting remarks considered offensive to Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on social networking sites, a media report said.

The National Committee for Monitoring Violations (NCV) said Thursday that the Kuwaiti secret police Wednesday arrested online activist Mohammad al-Ajmi outside his home, Press TV reported.
Online activists and former lawmakers said on Twitter that Ajmi, who is a member of the NCV, was detained over tweets he made on Saudi Arabia.
Nawaf al-Hendal, a prominent rights activist, said at least four others had been arrested by Kuwait’s security forces for tweets deemed offensive to the late Saudi king.
Kuwait has launched a crackdown on activists for making online remarks considered critical of the oil-rich state’s ruler Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah and other Arab leaders.