TeleSur News Posted Sat., Night, Feb.13, 2016
Monique Coverson’s relatives say she and partner Larissa Joseph have been convicted and jailed on trumped-up drug charges because they’re lesbians.
An online petition appealing to the Kuwaiti government to release a U.S. army veteran and her partner from prison has obtained over 130,000 signatures early Saturday.
Monique Coverson, a Detroit native who served in the army, along with her girlfriend Larissa Joseph, have been sentenced to more then 20 years in prison on drug charges, after local police authorities stormed into their home at 3 a.m. local time and “discovered” an unknown substance in May, 2015.
After the substance was tested in a German lab, it was revealed that the two women were using K2, a synthetic form of marijuana, which is legal in Kuwait.
However, the charges against the two women were suddenly elevated by Kuwati prosecutors accusing them of possessing a pound of hash instead of an ounce of synthetic marijuana.
As of Feb. 13, the Change.org petition asking President Barack Obama and State Department officials to intervene has gotten almost 130,000 signatures, with a goal of 150,000.
Monique’s family believes the veteran is being punished by the government for being a lesbian.
“They have clearly been targeted by the Kuwaiti government for their lifestyle, and could spend half their lives in prison for it,” wrote the mother of Monique Coverson, Michelle Jackson.