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Court rejects plea to free ex-MP Barrak on bail

KUWAIT CITY, July 4: The Court of Misdemeanor presided by over Justice Yusuf Al-Athree has rejected a plea filed by the attorney of former MP Musallam Al-Barrak Thamer Al- Jadaei to release him on bail, reports Al-Seyassah daily. Kuwait’s Public Prosecutor on Wednesday had ordered opposition former MP Musallam Al-Barrak to be held in custody for 10 days for alleged slander and insults to the Supreme Judicial Council and its Chairman Faisal Al-Marshed made during the rally at the Erada Square about one month ago. Al-Barrak is expected to remain behind bars at the Central Prison until Monday and later to be produced handcuffed in front of the Court of First Instance judge to listen to the testimony of his defense team.

Meanwhile, some supporters of Al- Barrak have called for holding a rally at the Central Prison and the Salmiya Criminal Division last Thursday. In the meantime, the members of the so-called majority of the nullified Parliament have failed to come to terms as to what steps to be taken in solidarity with the prisoner. Meanwhile, the supporters of Hashd Bloc have expressed their anger at the members of the majority of the nullified Parliament and accused them of inciting youths take to the street in protest, while they sit in their homes and issue statements condemning the act but do not come out on the road for fear of being arrested and being rendered ineligible to contest next parliamentary elections.

Subaih acquitted: The Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Saud Al- Subaih and acquitted him of the charge of vote-buying, reports Al-Qabas daily. Al-Subaih was accused of vote-buying during the 2013 parliamentary elections in the fifth constituency and the Court of First Instance had sentenced him and others — who were accused of helping him — to two years imprisonment. Defense attorney Bader Baqer in praising the verdict thanked the judiciary and said he was confident of the innocence of his client.

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