Court dis­bars Dashti again

Can­di­dates slam Iran

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By B Iz­zak

The ap­peals court yes­ter­day ruled that the regis­tra­tion of former MP Ab­dul­hameed Dashti in the par­lia­men­tary elec­tion through his son is il­le­gal, de­priv­ing the con­tro­ver­sial politi­cian from run­ning in the Nov 26 polls. The court said the fil­ing of a nom­i­na­tion ap­pli­ca­tion for elec­tions can­not be done through a power of attorney, over­turn­ing a rul­ing by the lower court last week that al­lowed Dashti to reg­is­ter through his son.

Dashti said on his Twit­ter ac­count that his lawyer will chal­lenge the rul­ing at the court of cas­sa­tion to­day and will de­mand that the court, whose rul­ings are fi­nal, to re­in­state his regis­tra­tion. Dashti, who has been liv­ing out­side Kuwait since March, sub­mit­ted a med­i­cal cer­tifi­cate to the lower court stat­ing that he is un­der­go­ing med­i­cal treat­ment and can­not re­turn to the coun­try.

Dashti is fight­ing an­other bat­tle af­ter the elec­tion au­thor­ity barred him from par­tic­i­pat­ing in the polls. The former law­maker has been sen­tenced to a

to­tal of 31 years and six months in jail by the lower court for in­sult­ing Saudi Ara­bia and Bahrain. The cases are still in court. The ap­peals court will also is­sue its rul­ing re­gard­ing 13 other can­di­dates who were also barred by the elec­tion au­thor­i­ties to run in the polls for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons. The court is sched­uled to is­sue its rul­ings on Sun­day.

In other elec­tion news, the pub­lic pros­e­cu­tion yes­ter­day or­dered the de­ten­tion of four peo­ple in­clud­ing two women pend­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion in an al­leged case of vote buy­ing for a can­di­date in the fourth con­stituency. The sus­pects were ar­rested in a raid by po­lice two days ago. They in­clude a lawyer, who is the brother of the can­di­date.

Kuwait has a long his­tory - with recorded cases - of vote buy­ing. In the 2013 elec­tions, more than 50 peo­ple were ar­rested for or­ga­niz­ing vote buy­ing op­er­a­tions. Votes can go for any­where be­tween KD 500 to KD 2,000, de­pend­ing on the dis­trict and the can­di­date. Typ­i­cally, vot­ers are re­quired to swear on the Holy Qu­ran that they will vote for the can­di­date as a prom­ise. In a now in­fa­mous case, one can­di­date of­fered women vot­ers de­signer hand­bags with KD 1,000 in­side in the run-up to the 2006 polls.

Mean­while, six more can­di­dates with­drew from the race yes­ter­day, bring­ing the num­ber of hope­fuls down to 379, who do not in­clude the 47 can­di­dates barred by elec­tion au­thor­i­ties, some of whom are wait­ing for court rul­ings. Former MP Talal Al-Jal­lal, who is bid­ding for re­elec­tion, yes­ter­day cat­e­gor­i­cally de­nied that po­lice raided his res­i­dence in con­nec­tion with “il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties”, as was pub­lished on so­cial me­dia. Jal­lal de­scribed the news as “base­less ru­mors and lies”. Separately, Is­lamist former MPs Waleed Al-Tabtabaei and Ali Al-Khamees strongly lashed out at Iran and what they de­scribed as their agents in the coun­try. Tabtabaei con­demned the pro-Iran and Hezbol­lah cell that was busted in Kuwait over a year ago, say­ing that the job of the 25 peo­ple who were ar­rested was to hide weapons and asked about the peo­ple who were go­ing to use them.

He said when Is­lamic State mil­i­tants smug­gled two ex­plo­sive belts into Kuwait, “we know that two peo­ple were go­ing to use it, but if a group smug­gles thou­sands of ri­fles, then we know that thou­sands of peo­ple will be us­ing them”.

The former law­maker said au­thor­i­ties should search for those who were sup­posed to have used the 250 sniper ri­fles, 3,200 ri­fles and guns, 19,000 bul­lets, 59 RPGs and 144 kg of ex­plo­sives which were caught with the cell mem­bers. He claimed that these weapons are suf­fi­cient to arm 3,000 peo­ple. Khamees said at an elec­tion rally Mon­day night that there are quar­ters that do not want to see him get re-elected be­cause there are pro-Iran peo­ple in the Assem­bly who found that “my poli­cies con­tra­dict theirs”.

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