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Expat jailed for abusing ruler Seyassah editor acquitted

KUWAIT CITY, June 17: The Criminal Court has sentenced a GCC national to five years in jail with hard labor, followed by deportation after completion of the sentence. The accused had entered the country through Al-Salmi border outlet and after completing the regular customs procedures, he allegedly uttered words deemed offensive against the entity of HH the Amir. The accused was detained in Al-Salmi police station before security operatives referred him to the State Security Bureau.

Meanwhile, the Criminal Court postponed until Sept 2 the case filed by Ministry of Interior against some 68 Bedouns for participating in two demonstrations at Taima and Sulaibiya areas respectively. The Public Prosecution charged the accused for assaulting security officers in the course of duty, participating in an unlicensed gathering, and marching with the intention of inciting public disorder.

Also... the Criminal Court adjourned until Sept 18 the prosecution of some 16 individuals accused of repeating the statement of former MP Musallam Al- Barrak in a seminar dubbed “enough of frivolity” held at Erada Square. The speech contained words deemed offensive to the entity of HH the Amir. According to the case file, the Public Prosecution earlier referred five cases to the Criminal Court involving 68 individuals, among them former MPs of the nullified 2012 National Assembly, journalists, activists and ordinary citizens.

Editor acquitted: The Court of Appeals recently upheld the verdict of the Court of First Instance and acquitted the Editor-in-Chief of Al-Seyassah newspaper, Ahmad Al-Jarallah and others, reports Al-Seyassah daily. The case against Al-Jarallah was filed by the Chairman of the Public Authority of Applied Education and Training (PAAET) Faculty Association accusing the newspaper of damaging his reputation by citing financial irregularities and embezzlement. The court found the evidences submitted by the plaintiff weak and the articles that were published in this regard were in public interest.

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