KUWAIT CITY, April 14: The Court of Appeals, presided over by Judge Ali Al-Durei’, ruled in favor of Editorin- Chief of Al-Seyassah and Arab Times newspapers Ahmed Al-Jarallah, in addition to barring the plaintiff from filing an appeal at the Civil Court. Case files indicate the Public Prosecution charged Al-Jarallah, in his capacity as editorin- chief of Al-Seyassah daily, of publishing false report on May 10, 2014 which allegedly defamed and offended former MP Musallam Al-Barrak.
The lower court acquitted Al-Jarallah citing lack of criminal elements, after which the case was referred to the Civil Court for further deliberation.
Since the Civil Court has yet to deliberate on the charges, the litigants are not allowed to appeal the ruling of another court in the court that is looking into the same case. Attorney Jassem Al-Binai represented Al- Jarallah in court.
Tweeter Sarah acquitted: The Misdemeanor Court acquitted Twitter user Sarah Al-Durees of disdaining religions through her posts on Twitter. Case files indicate the Public Prosecution ordered the arrest of Al-Durees after several reports were filed against her by various people, accusing her of offending the status of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). She was arrested and then released on bail of KD 1,000.
IS supporters case postponed: The Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Nasser Salem Al-Heed has postponed the hearing of a State Security case, which was filed against 12 Kuwaiti citizens for adopting a radical ideology and supporting DAESH terrorist group, until the defense of four of the suspects is decided. According to the case file, the Public Prosecution accused the suspects of joining a banned group that follows a radical ideology and is against the country’s authorities, and for threatening the social and economic status of the country. The suspects were also accused of committing hostile acts against two countries, which can endanger Kuwait’s relations with those countries, and of financing the terrorist organization by collecting donations illegally for it. Earlier, the Criminal Court had sentenced five of the suspects to ten-year imprisonment with hard labor and refrained from penalizing the remaining seven suspects but placed them under surveillance of the State Security Department for two years.
5 years jail quashed: The Criminal Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Abdullah Al-Othman revoked the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which sentenced a Kuwaiti citizen in absentia to five-year imprisonment with hard labor and a fine of KD 5,000. The court instead acquitted the defendant. According to the case file, the prosecution officer said he noticed the suspect sitting inside his vehicle in the parking lot of a cooperative society in a residential area. The lights inside the vehicle were turned on and thick smoke filled the vehicle. He moved closer to ascertain the situation and noticed the disoriented state of the suspect. When the officer ordered him to alight for inspection, a sachet containing a creamcolored substance and drug paraphernalia were confiscated. The substance was tested to discover it was heroin. The testing of the suspect’s urine sample revealed drug content. However, the defense counsel Lawyer Mohammad Hamza Abbas faulted the allegations and the previous ruling, as well as the procedures related to the search and arrest of his client. He said there was no incident that warranted the police to take such an action against his client.
May 4 to hear case against ex-MP: The Misdemeanor Court has set the court session of May 4 for the hearing of the case filed by Judge Mohammad Al-Duaij against former MP Khalid Al-Sultan and his online news website. Reportedly, Judge Al-Duaij submitted a petition at the Public Prosecution concerning a news report published on an online news website belonging to Khalid Al-Sultan in which the way the court managed the Al-Abdali Cell case was heavily criticized. Judge Al-Duaij said he considered such a report as offensive to the dignity of the judicial authority and disrespectful to the court.