10-year jail for Tweeter upheld

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 4: The Court of Cassation upheld the verdict of a court that sentenced Tweeter Laurence Al-Rashidi to 10 years imprisonment with hard labor and immediate execution for abusing the Amiri entity by a poem he published on his page.
The accused had published false information capable of inciting chaos, in an attempt to destabilize the country. He is alleged to have spurred a coup d’etat against the regime through the statement, besides other abuses against the Amiri entity.
Also, the Criminal Court sentenced another citizen accused of defaming the Amiri status during a phone call he made to the first accused to 5 years in prison with hard labor and immediate execution.

Hearing Feb 7: The Criminal Court has set Feb  7 to look into the state security case filed against the Twitter user Saqer Al-Hashash for launching offensive phrases against the Amiri entity on his Twitter account.
Attorney Khalid Al-Jad’e attended the investigation session with the suspect by the Public Prosecution and demanded the latter to release his client as there were no reasons for detaining him. Meanwhile, the Constitutional Court presided over by Judge Yousef Al-Mutawa will Tuesday look into the nine electoral appeals from the Second Constituency against the ‘one vote’ decree and elections held in December 2012.

Verdict today: The Criminal Court on Tuesday will issue its verdict in the case filed against former MPs Falah Al-Sawagh, Bader Al-Dahoum and Khalid Al-Tahous for defaming the Amiri entity at seminars they organized.  The court released the former lawmakers on KD 5,000 bail bond each after the Public Prosecution detained them 10 days for investigation.

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