Kuwait city  - A Kuwaiti court on Tuesday sentenced three former opposition MPs to three years in jail for insulting the emir in public, their lawyer and an official of a rights group said. “The verdict against Khaled al-Tahus, Falah al-Sawwagh and Bader al-Dahum is three years each with immediate effect,” attorney Mohammad al-Jumia wrote on his Twitter account while attending the court session.

The former lawmakers were charged of undermining the status of the emir during an address at a public gathering on October 10 in which they warned that any amendment to the electoral law could lead to street protests.