Court declares 3 ex-MPs innocent of insulting ruler

KUWAIT CITY, July 22: The Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Anwar Al-Enezi overturned the verdict of a lower court that sentenced three former MPs Falah Al-Sawagh, Khaled Al-Tahous and Bader Al-Dahoum to three months in prison with hard labor and immediate execution.  The court declared the defendants innocent of alleged abuse of HH the Amir and his authority during a public seminar at the diwaniya of Salem Al-Shamlan. Earlier, the Public Prosecution charged the defendants for insulting the Amir during the seminar, and security operatives supported the allegation with the recorded speeches of the defendants. The Public Prosecution detained the defendants for 10 days in Central Prisons after which they wrote a petition leading to their release on KD 5,000 bail bond each.

Verdict revised: The Appeals Court revised the verdict of First Instance Court that had sentenced a defendant to two years in prison or KD 2,000 fine for suspension of enforcement, and instead, slammed a 20-month imprisonment term with hard labor against him for offending the Amiri entity using his account on Twitter. Meanwhile, the court adjourned until October 7 the appeal filed by Professor Fatima Suleiman Al-Matar of the Faculty of Law in Kuwait University against the verdict of the Court of First Instance that refrains from issuing penalty against her provided that she pays KD 1,000 fine and signs an undertaking of good conduct for one year. She was charged for challenging the powers of HH the Amir and offending his entity. Earlier, the Court of First Instance acquitted professor Matar of the second allegation of spreading false information abroad via her Twitter page. In the same context, the Appeals Court adjourned until Sept 2 the appeal submitted by Twitter user Hamad Al-Naqi who was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for insulting the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) on his Twitter account.
By Jaber Al-Humoud
Al-Seyassah Staff


By: Jaber Al-Humoud

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