According to her Family, a U.S. army veteran and her partner have been sentenced to more than 20 years in a Kuwaiti prison for trumped up charges of drug possession. Michelle Jackson said “I believe it really had nothing to do with drugs because they had nothing illegal,” and she handed down her daughter Monique Coverson and her partner Larissa Joseph. She believes that the steep punishment was a result of her daughter’ sexuality.
“I do believe it’s mostly their alternative lifestyle in a religious country that is so against same sex relationships,” she told in an interview. According to information Jackson received through a friend of her daughter’s, police stormed into Coverson’s home in May. In a change.org petition her family created that now has nearly 85,000 plus signatures, Coverson’s sister Jasmine wrote that authorities fabricated charges after they were found to have K2 (A synthetic form of marijuana that’s legal in Kuwait).
On the morning of 8th May, 2015, their house was raided and police confiscated one ounce of a “tobacco-like” substance. It was sent to a lab in Germany for analysis, and it was determined to be a substance that is completely legal in Kuwait. Until yet Kuwaiti officials held them in prison anyway. After 8 months of uncharged incarceration, the one ounce of legal substance magically turned into one pound of marijuana, and on 12th January, 2016, Monique and Larissa were sentenced to more than 20 years in prison.
Mother of Coverson’s told that her daughter used drugs like K2 “Occasionally” but thinks the root of the arrest is her same-sex relationship. The 32-years-old was stationed in Kuwait during her years in the U.S. Army, and they stayed on as a military contractor. According to Jackson, before Coverson was arrested, she worked in the country’s music industry.