Supporters of Kuwaiti opposition leader and former parliament member Mussallam al-Barrak burn tires as they demonstrate in Kuwait City July 5, 2014. (AFP Photo/STR)
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A Kuwaiti court freed prominent opposition leader Mussallam al-Barrak Monday after police fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse a fifth straight night of demonstrations demanding his release.The public prosecutor had ordered Barrak be detained for 10 days Wednesday on charges of insulting the supreme judicial council and slandering its chairman Faisal al-Marshed in a speech he delivered at a public rally last month.Elite special forces, backed by armored vehicles, had earlier escorted Barrak from the city's central jail to court where supporters rushed to hug him and chanted slogans in his favor.Around 30 lawyers registered their names to defend Barrak, 58, but the judges allowed only three of them to make arguments.The two lawsuits against Barrak were filed by the judicial council and its chairman.
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