KUWAIT CITY, March 21: The Juvenile Misdemeanor Court arraigned a student on the allegation of setting fire to Farhan Al-Khalid School at Bayan ablaze intentionally, and confined him to the Juvenile Home for one year. Eyewitness account rendered by the school’s security guard indicated the student was seen on CCTV while coming out of the principal’s office. The student born in 2001 was caught with fire related materials and he admitted the crime, saying he hated exam and wanted it to be postponed. D e f e n s e Lawyer Hawraa Al-Habib stated the allegation against her client made him liable to life imprisonment, indicating the court was lenient by giving him a far lesser punishment. She pledged to appeal the judgment to ensure her client is left off the hook and declared innocent.
Jail for student: The Court of Cassation sentenced a fourth-year student of the College of Sharia in Kuwait University to three-year imprisonment for posting alleged malicious statements against Saudi Arabia on his Twitter account. The Public Prosecution charged the student for publicly violating the rights of His Highness the Amir and insulting his constituted authority, as well as for attacking a foreign government (Saudi Arabia) on Twitter without seeking consent of the government. The act was regarded as capable of straining diplomatic relationship between the sisterly countries. He was also accused of broadcasting false information about the situation in Kuwait on social media, which was regarded as tantamount to undermining the authority. He was also charged with deliberately misusing social media by committing the crime in question.
Citizen acquitted: The Misdemeanor Court acquitted a citizen of killing his compatriot in a traffic accident. The Public Prosecution charged the citizen for manslaughter through reckless driving that resulted in the death of a citizen and injuries to another. The allegations included driving in excessive speed, which caused eviction of the deceased person from his seat inside the vehicle. Defense lawyer Abdulaziz Al-Banwan maintained his client did not cause the incident, indicating it was the fault of the victim. He added his client was surprised when the victim parked at the emergency lane and he couldn’t help crashing into the vehicle. He blamed the victim for not abiding by traffic regulations, noting his client was driving on the specified speed limit.
Case adjourned: Ninth Circuit at the First Instance Court adjourned the State Security case 24/2012 filed by the Public Prosecution against former MPs Musallam Al-Barrak, Mubarak Al-Wa’alan Salem Al-Namlan and Abbas Al-Shuabi until July 4 to summon witnesses. The Public Prosecution charged Musallam Al-Barrak for disseminating false information to foreign bodies concerning the internal affairs of the country during an interview on France 24 Channel where he claimed that 3,500 Jordanian securitymen in Kuwait were given Kuwaiti Special Forces uniform to curb demonstrations, and marring the country’s reputation. Mubarak Al-Wa’alan, Salem Al-Namlan and Abbas Al-Shuabi were also accused of participating in an unlawful demonstration and declining the orders of police to disperse. The accused deny all accusations.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff