Tabtabaei warns against ties with Is­rael

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By B Iz­zak

Is­lamist op­po­si­tion MP Waleed Al-Tabtabaei yes­ter­day warned Gulf gov­ern­ments against nor­mal­iz­ing re­la­tions with Is­rael, say­ing any such mea­sure will be op­posed by the peo­ple of the Gulf. He said on his Twit­ter ac­count that deal­ing with the Zion­ist en­tity is to­tally re­jected and will be op­posed.

The law­maker also sent a se­ries of ques­tions to act­ing in­for­ma­tion min­is­ter Sheikh Mo­ham­mad Al-Ab­dul­lah AlSabah af­ter the min­istry al­lowed the pub­li­ca­tion of a novel he claimed con­tained ma­te­rial con­tra­ven­ing Is­lamic teach­ings and public morals. Tabtabaei asked the min­is­ter if the min­istry cen­sor­ship com­mit­tee re­viewed the novel, called ‘Soparto’, be­fore it gave its ap­proval for its pub­li­ca­tion.

The law­maker de­manded the names of the mem­bers of the cen­sor­ship com­mit­tee and asked why it gave the ap­proval de­spite the ob­jec­tion­able con­tents. He also asked if the novel has been al­lowed to be sold in Kuwait and if the min­istry has taken any dis­ci­plinary ac­tions against mem­bers of the cen­sor­ship com­mit­tee. Tabtabaei also asked if the novel has been with­drawn from the mar­ket and de­manded an of­fi­cial cir­cu­lar in­di­cat­ing this.

Mean­while, the ap­peals court yes­ter­day ad­journed the trial of 70 op­po­si­tion ac­tivists in­clud­ing cur­rent and former MPs ac­cused of storm­ing the Na­tional Assem­bly build­ing af­ter de­fen­dants de­manded chang­ing the judges. Af­ter mak­ing the de­mand, the court de­cided to ad­journ to al­low the pre­sid­ing judge make a de­ci­sion on send­ing the case to an­other court. The ap­peals court was due to de­liver its ver­dict in the case last month, but it de­cided to re­open de­fense ar­gu­ments yes­ter­day af­ter in­clud­ing a num­ber of MPs in the case fol­low­ing the Assem­bly’s sum­mer re­cess.

At least two MPs are among the 70 de­fen­dants and the Assem­bly has re­fused to lift their im­mu­nity to ap­pear in the trial. But their im­mu­nity was lost au­to­mat­i­cally when the Assem­bly went into re­cess a month ago. The court did not set a date for its de­ci­sion on the change. The crim­i­nal court had ac­quit­ted all the 70 de­fen­dants who were among a large crowd that en­tered the Assem­bly in Nov 2011 fol­low­ing street demon­stra­tions against former prime min­is­ter Sheikh Nasser Al-Mo­ham­mad AlAh­mad Al-Sabah, who re­signed at the end of the same month.

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