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Prison, hard labor for ex-MP as Appeals upholds verdict

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 1: The Misdemeanor Section in the Court of Appeals upheld the ruling of the Court of First Instance, which had sentenced former MP Mohammad Al- Juweihil to one month in prison with hard labor and immediate execution for spitting on his colleague, Hamad Al-Mutar, at the National Assembly. Lawyer for Al-Juweihil, Attorney Yousuf Abdullah, pointed out in court the absence of the elements of insult as per Article 210 of the Penal Code. He then highlighted the inconclusive investigation results and demanded for the dismissal of the case. Abdullah also unveiled his plan to file a case against 37 MPs who attacked his client and his family, basing his arguments on the ruling issued against the former lawmaker.

Case adjourned: The Misdemeanor Court adjourned Kuwaiti blogger Nasser Al- Mutairi’s case until Dec 29. The defendant is alleged to have posted statements deemed malicious against HH the Amir. According to the case file, the Public Prosecution charged Al-Mutairi for challenging the Amiri authority publicly on Twitter.

Trial of bedouns: The Misdemeanor Court chaired by Judge Abdul-Nasser Khuraibet adjourned to Feb 2, 2014 the case of 33 Bedouns who have been standing trial for protests they organized in Dec 2011. Previously, the court adjourned the case for the Constitutional Court to decide on the aspect of the case it received after the Public Prosecution charged the defendants for conniving with several other individuals to attack security operatives. They were also accused of violently resisting police orders in the course of their official duty and planning to disrupt public security, and law and order by participating in illegal protests.

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