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Judge dismisses case against 70 Assembly stormers

 KUWAIT CITY, March 12: The Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Nasser Al-Haid Wednesday decided to suspend the case filed against 70 individuals including nine former MPs for storming the parliament building, until the court’s committee responds to the request filed by the defendants. According to the case files, the Wednesday session was allocated for hearing the testimonies of Major General Mahmoud Al-Dousari, Head of National Assembly Security Guards Major General Bassam Al-Rifai and National Assembly Secretary Alam Al-Kandari regarding the case. All witnesses were present during the court session. However,, the defense lawyer of five of the suspects submitted a request for discontinuing the judicial panel. Reportedly, some of the suspects revealed through their joint ‘Twitter’ account that they will file an official request against the judiciary panel due to the latter’s political opinions. Meanwhile, the Court of Appeals upheld the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance, which acquitted nine Kuwaiti citizens including a former MP of the nullified parliament Osama Al-Shaheen and political activist Salam Al-Rajeeb from participating in an unlicensed demonstration in Qortuba area. According to the case files, the Public Prosecution accused the nine Kuwaiti citizens of illegal gathering and participation in an unlicensed demonstration in Qortuba area. Based on the report from the Public Prosecution, the gathering was aimed to cause public disorder, adding that the demonstrators refused to follow the orders of the security officials when they demanded them to disperse.

Verdict March 20: The Court of Appeals adjourned to March 20 the issuance of verdict for the appeal filed by the Public Prosecution against the verdict issued to acquit former MP Faisal Al-Mislim and four employees of a satellite TV channel who were accused of offending the Amiri entity. According to the case files, the Public Prosecution summoned the Al-Mislim and the four employees of a TV channel after the Ministry of Information filed a case against them for offending the entity of HH the Amir in a television program, which was then broadcasted. All defendants were released on bail of KD 100 each. Meanwhile, the Court of Appeals adjourned to March 20 the issuance of its verdict for the appeal filed by the Public Prosecution against the verdict issued to acquit the ‘Twitter’ user Hameed Bu Yabis, who was accused of posting offensive remarks about HH the Amir on his Twitter account.

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