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Al-Nafisi acquitted in defamation suit in first ruling as HH Amir takes charge

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 6: In the first court ruling issued in the name of the new Amir of Kuwait His Highness Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad, the Criminal Court acquitted Dr Abdullah Al-Nafisi who was accused of insulting the sisterly country the United Arab Emirates, in a State Security case. The Public Prosecution had charged Dr Al-Nafisi that he, without the government’s permission, carried out hostile action against the UAE through posts on his Twitter account in which he insulted the UAE, interfered in its internal affairs, and insulted its rulers, which would expose Kuwait to the risk of severing political relations with the UAE, as indicated by the investigations.

However, the Criminal Court called upon all state institutions, especially the executive authority, to ensure freedom of expression and work on preserving it, as the constitutional legislator is above its worth and greater than it is, and has even elevated it to the ranks of public freedoms and constitutional rights.

The court also urged the members of the society to exercise freedoms and encourage them to deal with them with balance, as well as create the appropriate environment for the growth and development of this freedom in a way that makes it one of the most important constitutional gains.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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