*The mother of one of the two female soldiers who served seven years in Kuwait have filed a petition on Change.org asking president Obama and the United States government to intervene on a sentence carried out against their daughters: Monique Coverson and her partner, Larissa.
The petitioners suspect the women were targeted because they are lesbians
The two women lived an openly gay lifestyle during the years they served in the U. S. Army in Kuwait. When their service ended, the two were even able to get jobs as military contractors and returned to the Middle East to work in Kuwait.
But according to Jasmine Coverson, Monique’s mother, things changed on the morning of May 8, 2015.
The women’s 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.
But the women were kept in a Kuwait jail for eight “uncharged” months. After which the one ounce of legal substance “magically turned into one pound of marijuana,” says Mrs. Coverson, and on January 12, 2016, Monique and Larissa were sentenced to 20-25 years in prison.
Here is an excerpt from the petition.
I am begging the US Government to do what it can to get my daughter and her partner out of jail and back to the States. They have clearly been targeted by the Kuwaiti government for their lifestyle, and could spend half their lives in prison for it. This whole ordeal is a nightmare. One minute, I was expecting her for Mother’s Day, and the next, I was told she was in prison. Everything I have learned has been through her friends and her lawyer, who has only called to demand more money — money for services he hasn’t rendered. Right now, I would do anything just to hear her voice. To this day, I cannot understand how the US government has allowed them to remain in prison. They were not in possession of an illegal substance, yet their freedom and belongings have been taken away from them. They are being held captive in a foreign land for a crime they did not commit, with no help in sight. I need all of you who read this to help me send a message to the US Government, and ask them to do what is right and get Monique and Larissa out of jail and bring them home. This injustice cannot stand. Please sign my petition.”
The petition is addressed to President Obama, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait Douglas A. Silliman. So far the petition has 87,500 supporters.
To lend your support and sign the petition, click here.