Arab Times

Court imposes fine on local cleric for anti-Shia comment

Six Arab expats held for offending Kuwait

- By Jaber Al-Hamoud

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 11: The Criminal Court ordered the Kuwaiti cleric Othman Al-Khamees to pay a fine of KD 20,000 in a case filed against him by the Public Prosecutio­n based on a petition submitted by Attorney Hani Hussein to the State Security Department over the allegation that Al-Khamees made an offensive remark about the Shiite sect.

Attorney Hani Hussein petitioned the State Security Department, accusing Al-Khamees of violating national unity by depicting Shiites as unfaithful during an interview broadcaste­d in the month of Ramadan.

In a separate case, the Court of Appeals cancelled the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance, which sentenced the Kuwaiti blogger Abdulrahma­n AlAjmi to four years jail term with hard labor. The court instead acquitted the defendant of allegedly defaming His Highness the Amir of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Al-Ajmi was arrested in March for inciting the public against the ruling authority, for defaming HH the Amir, expressing hostility against Saudi Arabia and spreading false informatio­n.

Barghash nationalit­y: The Court of Appeals Tuesday decided the First Instance Court had no jurisdicti­on to look into the case relating to the withdrawal of citizenshi­p from “Al-Bargash family”.

The First Instance court ruled against the decision to withdraw the citizenshi­p and ordered Government to pay temporary compensati­on of KD 5,001 to the family.

In Tuesday’s verdict, the court stated that Al-Bargash (the head of the family) did not receive Kuwaiti nationalit­y until after his death, which means his children did not naturalize on paternal basis. Therefore, the citizenshi­p of his children was granted by the concerned administra­tion, and Article two of citizenshi­p law does not apply in this case.

The court affirmed that Government has no right to withdraw citizenshi­p from any citizen who received it through paternal basis.

The case was filed on the assumption that Al-Bargash family received their citizenshi­p paternally, and the citizenshi­p of a ruling family member was reinstated based on the fact that his father was a Kuwaiti.

In the previous sessions, the Government refused to give the reasons behind the withdrawal of the citizenshi­p of the Bargash family, maintainin­g that the court had no jurisdicti­on to look at the case, and “what the government withdrew was the citizenshi­p certificat­e and not the citizenshi­p itself”.

Six arrested: Six Egyptian expats have been arrested for posting offending remarks about Kuwait, including Kuwaiti institutio­ns and people, via their personal accounts on social network media, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Wednesday.

Security forces arrested Ahmad Al-Sayed Farah, Ahmad Jaber Abdulsalam, Mohammad Faraj Salim, Tariq Abdulhamee­d Abdulhakee­m, Mohammad Obaid Al-Esharri, and Abdulrahma­n Mohammad Ahmad, the ministry’s security media department said in a statement.

The arrested have posted enticing messages directed to the Egyptian community in the country, encouragin­g them to go on strike, hatred, and revenge for a recent violent scuffle incident between Egyptian residents and Kuwaiti citizens in Hawally Governorat­e, said the statement.

Their act is a clear violation of the country’s law, public order offence, and breach of security, in addition to endangerin­g the lives of citizens and residents, and disabling public and private interests, the ministry affirmed.

They will be referred to competent investigat­ion agencies, the statement noted, reiteratin­g the ministry’s determinat­ion and continued efforts to prevent any misconduct that would disrupt Kuwait’s public security.

The ministry also warned of the misuse of social network media, affirming everybody’s equality before the law. (KUNA)

Yemeni killed: A Yemeni died and a citizen was injured in a two-vehicle collision on Wafra Road, says AlSeyassah.

Securityme­n and paramedics rushed to the location after the Operations Room in the Ministry of Interior received a report about the incident. The Yemeni’s remains were taken to Forensics and the injured citizen was admitted to Adan Hospital.

In another incident, a 23year-old citizen was rushed to Jahra Hospital as he was injured when his car collided with another along the Sixth Ring Road, opposite Saad AlAbdullah.

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