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Court commutes blogger’s sentence to 5 years

 KUWAIT CITY, Dec 11: The Appeals Court has amended 11 years imprisonment sentence against a female Twitter user in a state security case to five years in jail with hard labor. Earlier, the Criminal Court sentenced the suspect for inciting the public to topple the regime, defying the rights and power of the Amir, and spreading scornful and offensive statements against religion via her Twitter page.

Appeal on Jan 18: The Appeals Court presided over by Justice Faisal Al-Khureibit adjourned to Jan 18 the appeal filed by Twitter user Mohammad Al-Mikhail against the ruling of the Court of First Instance that sentenced him to 5 years in jail with hard labor and immediate execution on accusations of defaming the Amiri entity in public. In a related issue, the Appeals Court adjourned until Dec 19 the appeal filed by former MP Waleed Al-Tabtabaei and a group of firefighters against the ruling of the Court of First Instance that had sentenced them to two years imprisonment for storming the premises the Fire Directorate.

Petition adjourned: The Court of Appeals adjourned to Jan 8, 2014 the appeal submitted by the defense team of former parliament speaker Jassem Al-Kharafi against the verdict that acquitted former MP Musallam Al-Barrak and former editor-in-chief of a local newspaper who were accused of making offensive remarks about the plaintiff. During the court session, Al- Barrak denied the allegation. Attorney Hashim Al-Olwi, who represented the other defendant, provided the court with a CD containing the statement that Al- Barrak refuted more than once. He demanded for the CD to be destroyed through the Ministry of Information in order to avoid it from being used.

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