Court acquits 2 alleged members of militant outfit
Fine in libel suit
The Court of First Instance fined a Kuwaiti woman KD 500 for defaming ‘Fashionista’ on social media and referred the civil aspect of the case to the concerned civil court.
According to the plaintiff’s lawyer Attorney Bashayer Ja’afar, the Public Prosecution charged the woman with defaming the plaintiff on Twitter and misusing mobile phone to spread defamatory posts against the latter.
The lawyer pointed out that the accused defamed her client publicly on social media and this caused moral damages. She said the results of investigations confirmed that the accused owns the Twitter account containing the defamatory posts and also confessed to have committed the act.
The Court of Cassation presided over by Judge Ahmad Al-Ajeel upheld the verdict issued by the Court of Appeals, which acquitted two suspected members of “Ansar Al-Sham”, affirming that acquitting the two defendants could not warrant any objective objection, considering the evaluation of the proofs presented.
The court agreed on the lack of concrete evidences to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that the second defendant participated in attacks against Syria and Iraq, assisted the first defendant in joining DAESH in Kuwait and enabled him to travel outside to meet an official of the terrorist group.
The panel disagreed with the Public Prosecution over allegation that the fourth suspect was a member of Ansar Al-Sham and had incited other people to join, as well as collected donations for DAESH.
The court stressed that all of the abovementioned allegations were baseless.
The Court of Appeals presided over by Judge AlDurai adjourned to September 11 the case filed against 70 Kuwaitis, including nine former lawmakers, who were accused of storming the National Assembly building. The case was adjourned for the defense team to present witnesses.
In the last court session, the defense team had presented several defendants, requesting to call MP Abdullah Al-Roumi to testify about the incident, which took place when he was a member of the parliament office.
According to the case files, the Public Prosecution cited misleading evidences, inadequate interferences, manipulation of documents, and wrong application and distortion of law as reasons for appealing the previous verdict, which had acquitted the defendants from all charges leveled against them.
It also urged the court to overrule the verdict issued by the lower court and instead impose harsh penalties on the defendants. However, the defense team asked the court to listen to the testimonies of their witnesses.
Bomber ruling delayed:
The Court of Appeals adjourned to September 18 the issuance of its verdict on the case filed against a Kuwaiti citizen who was accused of attempting to bomb Imam Zain Al-Abidine Mosque in Salmiya area.
According to the case file, the Public Prosecution charged the citizen with attempting to bomb Imam Zain Al-Abidine Mosque using an explosive belt, attempting to murder worshippers in that mosque, and joining a terrorist group (DAESH) and vowing allegiance to its leader.
Previously, the Criminal Court had sentenced the citizen to sevenyear imprisonment with hard labor.