Kuwait City: A defense lawyer in Kuwait says a court has sentenced a man to 10 years in prison for Twitter posts deemed insulting to Islam and to the rulers of Gulf allies Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
   
The case appears to reflect a growing conservative influence in Kuwait. The lawyer, Khaled al-Shatti, is quoted on Tuesday in Gulf media reports as saying his client, Hamad al-Naqi, has a chance to appeal the sentence.
   
Al-Naqi claims his Twitter account was hacked.
   
Prosecutors say Al-Naqi's account contained posts insulting to the Prophet Muhammad and the Gulf states of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
   
Bahrain's Sunni monarchy has waged nearly 16 months of crackdowns against a Shiite-led uprising. Bahrain's rulers are strongly aided by neighboring Saudi Arabia.

(Agencies)

Latest News from World News Desk