Men like Messrs. Ahmad and Salman symbolize the intertwining of sports and politics. They are imperious, ambitious, power hungry products of autocracies who have worked assiduously to concentrate power in their hands and sideline critics clamouring for real reform. Hailing from countries governed by autocratic, hereditary leaders, they have been accused of being willing to occupy their seats of power at whatever price.
Kuwait’s Emir recently announced a “zero-tolerance” policy concerning criticism aimed at other countries and their rulers, which are perceived to be harmful to Kuwait’s foreign relations.
December 2010, 18-year-old Somali-American Gulet Mohamed was detained in Kuwait without charges and tortured, almost certainly at the behest of U.S. officials.
A former Kuwaiti minister has reportedly been detained at the airport after being sentenced to a week in jail for an article critical of the government published two years ago.
Fadhl, who told AP an Islamist lawyer filed the charge against him, said his comments were “facts about alcohol in Kuwait’s history”, saying Kuwaitis could buy a bottle of whiskey for 120 dinars ($408) on the black market. “It’s available in ample amounts, but only affordable to the rich,” he told AP. ”
Two students, including a member of Kuwait’s royal family, were sentenced to death on Tuesday for the torture and murder of their roommate.
Kuwaiti Mubarak Meshaal Al Mubarak, 19, a first-year student at the University of Sharjah, died in hospital on February 25 last year after suffering internal bleeding, burns and multiple fractures sustained during three days of torture.