KUWAIT – Monique Coverson and Larissa Joseph, the lesbian couple who were detained and sentenced to 20-25 years to be served in a Kuwait prison, were released April 4.
According to a post dated April 4 on Change.org by Jasmine Coverson, the sister of Monique, Monique and Larissa will be released today following a March 28 ruling in the Kuwait appeals court.
“I cannot say thank you enough for the prayers, the well wishes, and for all who stood standing against all odds for both of our girls. My family thanks you so much for every part that everyone played in this situation, thank you!” Jasmine writes.
Monique, a former Detroiter and Army veteran, was stationed in Kuwait during her service. She and Larissa later returned to Kuwait to work as military contractors.
On May 8 last year, shortly before they were scheduled to return to the states, their home was raided by Kuwaiti authorities who allegedly found the couple to be in possession of an ounce of a tobacco-like substance, later found to be K2, a form of synthetic marijuana. Charges escalated and by the time they were tried in January 2016, the couple was found to be in possession of a pound of hash and were sentenced to 20-25 years in prison.