For a country sandwiched between Saudi Arabia and Iran, some aspects of life in Kuwait are surprisingly liberal. Unlike most of its neighbours Kuwait’s courts use a secular version of commercial law, women outnumber men in the workforce by 10 per cent, and its media remains relatively unburdened by political interference.

So why has one woman spent 472 days in a Kuwaiti prison for crimes she did not commit?

In 2017 Marsha Lazareva, a foreign businesswoman, was detained on false charges connected to a contract dispute between her company, KGLI, and a local government institution, the Kuwait Ports Authority. Despite the commercial court issuing judgment in favour of Ms Lazareva’s company, she was imprisoned with ten years’ hard labour.

Serious irregularities have occurred in this…

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