Kuwait frees two candidates on bail


The two candidates, former MP Daifallah Buramia and municipal council member Khalifa Al Khorafi, were released on bail of $ 17,000 each, the source said. 

Both were interrogated on charges of undermining the authority of the Gulf state’s ruler and allegedly criticising the Al Sabah ruling family in public, the source added.

It was not immediately clear whether the prosecution intended to press charges against the two men in court. On Sunday, the prosecution released another candidate on bail of the same amount. Trade union leader Khaled Al Tahus had been held for 11 days.

He was accused of undermining the authority of the Emir after he told a public rally that tribesmen would resist security forces if they cracked down on tribal primary elections, illegal under Kuwaiti law.

OPEC’s fourth-largest producer has been rocked by a series of political crises over the past three years that have seen the resignation of five governments and the dissolution of three parliaments.

Last month, Emir H H Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah dissolved parliament following a bitter standoff between the government and some MPs, and called snap elections for May 16, the second in a year.

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