Critic of Kuwaiti Emir faces trial


Kuwaiti prosecutors have charged an opposition leader with insulting the Gulf state's ruler, a defence lawyer said yesterday, in a case likely to fuel tension before a parliamentary election on 1 December.

Musallam al-Barrak, a former member of parliament, was picked up from his home, two weeks after an opposition rally at which he made critical remarks about the Emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah. Prosecutors have charged Mr Barrak with encroaching on the pillars of the emirate, insulting the Emir and infringing his authorities, said the lawyer, who asked not to be named. He said prosecutors had ordered Barrak held for 10 days pending investigation.