14 fined KD 1,000 each for rally participation Verdict against TV stormers upheld

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 10: The Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Hani Al-Hamdan upheld the verdict of the Court of First Instance that sentenced nine individuals who were accused of storming into Al-Watan TV Station to two-year imprisonment with hard labor.
However, the court decided to suspend the verdict for three years from the date the verdict was issued, provided the defendants pledge to maintain good conduct and behavior besides paying bail worth KD 300 each.
In addition, the court upheld the verdict of the Court of First Instance that fined the tenth and eleventh defendants KD 100 each, while it acquitted the twelfth suspect.
According to the case files, the Public Prosecution had accused the suspects of breaking into the TV Channel’s headquarters and attacking securitymen with the help of some unidentified individuals.
It also accused the suspects of participating in an unlicensed rally, committing crimes against the public security and damaging public property.
Furthermore, they were also accused of threatening MP Nabil Al-Fadhel to discontinue the interview with the channel.

Youths released: The Public Prosecution has released 14 youths on bail of KD 1,000 each after they were arrested and detained for participating in night rallies at different locations recently.
The youths had organized the night rallies in protest against the ‘one vote per electorate’ system and demanded for the nullification of the new National Assembly.
Among the youths are Lawyer Al-Humaidi Al-Subaie’s son Khalid and his nephew. Reportedly, from the time these youths were arrested, Lawyer Al-Humaidi Al-Subaie has been accusing the government through social networking sites and other means of communication.

Case adjourned: The Criminal Court on Sunday adjourned until Dec 16 the case involving former MP Mohammad Al-Juweihil who is standing trial for defaming the Mutair tribe using his personal Twitter account.
According to sources, the accused and his defense attorney did not attend the session. Al-Juweihil is accused of illegal possession of firearm, besides the accusation of defamation against Mutair tribe. However, he denies all charges.

Rumor denied: A top-level security source denied the rumor that the Ministry of Interior has approved the request of a Kuwaiti citizen, identified as Nasser Al-Shimmari, to organize a march in Jahra, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily.
He explained that the citizen had submitted his request to Jahra Governor to organize a march on the occasion of ‘World Human Rights Day’, adding that even though the governor signed the request with ‘No Objection’, it was sent to the concerned security authorities for final approval.
However, the authority rejected the request, as it was not submitted few days prior to the planned date of the march.

Six rioters get jail: Among the 27 individuals who were arrested recently for participating in riots and attacking securitymen, the Public Prosecution referred six of them to Central Prison while the remaining 21 were released on bail, reports Al-Shahed daily.
The Public Prosecution had charged the 27 defendants with offenses such as attacking securitymen, participating in riots and unlicensed rallies, and damaging public properties during demonstrations at Jahra, Sabah Al-Nasser, Riqqae and Sabahiya.

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