Kuwait pulls cleric from TV for sectarian comments

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Government officials in Kuwait have pulled a prominent cleric off television over previous comments they say are stoking sectarian tensions and supporting an al-Qaida-linked rebel group in Syria.

Information Minister Sheikh Salman Al-Homood told journalists Tuesday that an investigation was underway into the comments made by Shafi Al-Ajmi.

A television show by the cleric premiered Monday in Kuwait. Al-Homood said that the Kuwaiti government “does not approve of airing episodes for any individuals who instigates hatred and promotes such rhetoric.”

Al-Ajmi regularly writes anti-Shiite articles and has supported the al-Qaida linked group Jabhat al-Nusra or Nusra Front, which is fighting in Syria against the government of President Bashar Assad.

The cleric declined to speak to The Associated Press when contacted Tuesday.