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Ex-MP Kandari jailed for offending judicial system Verdict in anti-ruler case delayed

KUWAIT CITY, July 22: The Criminal Court, presided over by Judge Faisal Al-Askari, has sentenced former MP Mohammad Al-Kandari to one year in jail with hard labor and ordered suspension of the implementation of the sentence for three years. The court also acquitted a presenter at Al-Youm Satellite Television, together with the program director and producer in the same television network. The ruling was in relation to State Security case wherein the defendants were accused of offending the judicial system. Case files indicate the former MP offended the judicial system by casting doubt on its integrity. He reportedly called the satellite television to air his views which were deemed offensive to the judicial system of Kuwait.

Verdict delayed: The Criminal Court postponed, until further notice, the announcement of its verdict on State Security case involving 17 citizens accused of transgressing the entity of HH the Amir; assaulting security officers and participating in unlicensed demonstration which happened after the seminar entitled, “Enough of Frivolities”, at the Erada Square. On Oct 15, 2012, the Public Prosecution charged Tareq Al-Mutairi, Hamad Al-Rashidi, Mishael Al-Dhaidi, Ahmad Yassar, Faisal Al-Saidi, Anwar Al-Fikr, Rashid Al-Enezi, Fawwaz Al- Bahr, Abdulwahab Mohammad, Badr Al- Badr, Saad Al-Rashidi, Nasser Al- Mutairi, Saqr Al-Hashash, Abudlaziz Al- Sadoon, Omar Al-Oreiman, Mundhir Al- Habeeb and Mubarak Al-Mutairi with participating in unlicensed gathering to cause public disorder, as well as defame and transgress the entity of HH the Amir.

Debt case annulled: In an unprecedented ruling, the civil court presided over by Magistrate Faisal Al-Askari ordered the annulment of debt owed by a Kuwaiti banker and approved compensation of KD 1,000 for the plaintiff. The ruling was based on the fact that the citizen works in the bank where he secured the loan, and according to law, it is not allowed for banks or any other institution granting loan to their employees to impose interest. Representing the citizen, lawyer Hawraa Al-Habib argued in court that her client’s bank violated the law by imposing interest rate on the loan while the bank was deducting more than 10 percent of her client’s salary, stressing the act violated law governing the private banking sector.

Citizen compensated: The Administrative Court presided over by Judge Nasser Al-Atari has ordered the Undersecretary of Ministry of Higher Education to pay compensation of KD 5,000 to a citizen who obtained doctorate in Sharia from a Lebanese university. In the petition he filed on behalf of his client, Attorney Abdullah Al-Kandari explained that the Court of Appeals had issued a verdict to cancel the decision of the Ministry of Higher Education to reject accepting his client’s doctorate certificate, which he had attained from a Lebanese university that is accredited by the ministry. He stressed the financial and career damages incurred by his client including losing the opportunity to work as the director of a department. He also suffered financial losses due to a mistake committed by an administrative authority. In its verdict, the court said the administrative authority committed a mistake by failing to equalize the plaintiff’s doctorate certificate and ordered the ministry to pay compensation of KD 5,000 for the literal and financial damages incurred by the plaintiff.

Arab expat robbed: Unknown person (s) broke into the flat of a Palestinian expatriate in Hawalli area and stole jewelry worth KD 3,000 belonging to his wife. Acting on information, the Operations Room of the Interior Ministry dispatched security operatives to the location and fingerprint was lifted to trail the perpetrator(s). In a similiar incident, a Kuwaiti filed a case against at Mishref police station against an unknown person who raided his father’s flat and made away with KD 70 cash plus a television set. A case was registered.

By Jaber Al-Humoud Al-Seyassah Staff

By: Jaber Al-Humoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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