Published — Thursday 6 February 2014
Last update 6 February 2014 12:34 am
MANAMA: The king of Bahrain has approved a law imposing a jail sentence of up to seven years and a fine of up to 10,000 dinars ($26,500) for anyone who publicly insults him.
The new law, reported by the state Bahrain News Agency on Tuesday, says the penalties apply to “whoever has insulted, in any kind of public manner, the king of Bahrain, or its flag, or its national emblem.”
A previous law stipulated that anyone who “offends the Emir of the country, the national flag or emblem” would be jailed, but did not set a term.
Under the penal code, any prison term must last 10 days to three years unless otherwise specified.
Bahraini lawyer Jalila Sayed told Reuters the new law stipulated a tougher prison sentence of one to seven years as well as a fine of 1,000 to 10,000 dinars for insulting the king.