Court acquits Al-Jarallah of insulting, defaming Dayyen Scope TV appeal adjourned until Jan 9

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 5: The Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Ibrahim Al-Obeid acquitted the Editor-in-Chief of the Arab Times and Al-Seyassah newspapers Ahmad Al-Jarallah who was accused of allegedly insulting and defaming Khalid Al-Dayyen.
According to the court files, the Public Prosecution had charged the Dean of Kuwaiti Journalism for purportedly publishing an article titled ‘Reform Institutions require Reform’ in Al-Seyassah newspaper on Dec 23, 2011, which reflected real incidents and expressions referring to the plaintiff who is a public employee.
The plaintiff claimed that the statements published were false and was intended to defame his reputation.
The First Instance Court on June 12, 2012 previously exonerated the defendant of any wrongdoing but the plaintiff and Public Prosecution appealed against the ruling.
Prof. Bader Jassim Al-Yaqoub represented the defendant and refuted all allegations against his client.

Scope appeal adjourned: The Misdemeanor Court of Appeals adjourned until January 9 the hearing of an appeal filed by Board Chairman of Scope TV Channel Fajr Al-Sayed against the verdict of the lower court, which had cancelled the fine of KD 100 by former MP Musallam Al-Barrak and ruled that the case should not be reviewed as the court did not have jurisdiction over the case and referred the case to the Civil Court.
According to the court files, the Public Prosecution had charged Al-Barrak of defaming the plaintiff in a public gathering, due to which the court fined him KD 100 and ordered him to pay the plaintiff KD 5,001 as temporary compensation.
Meanwhile, the same court adjourned a similar case filed by Fajr Al-Sayed another former MP Mohammad Hayef to Jan 2.

Murder case set for Jan 2: The Criminal Court has set Jan 2, 2012 to look into the case in which an Ethiopian maid is charged for killing her female employer in Jaber Al-Ali area.
The court will wait until medical report is issued on the mental condition of the suspect who reportedly slaughtered the employer inside her residence a day before her wedding and cut the head off the body.
It is noteworthy officers from the Criminal Investigations Department managed to arrest the suspect at the airport few minutes before her departure, while the defendant attorney Sultan Al-Ajmi has solicited the court must obtain a print of the phone calls from the deceased’s relatives.

By: Jaber Al-Humoud Special to the Arab Times

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