KUWAIT CITY, Oct 19: The Administrative Court of Appeals chaired by Judge Nayef Al-Mutairi has set Nov 3 for the hearing on a lawsuit concerning the withdrawal of citizenship from ex-MP Abdullah Al-Barghash.
The case was referred to another court chaired by Judge Najib Al- Majid for adjudication. It is worthy of note that government had insisted the court have no jurisdiction on the case. The Court of First Instance ruled that it was wrong for the government to revoke the citizenship of Al-Barghash family, and awarded them KD 5,001 compensation.
In another case, the Misdemeanor Court adjourned to Dec 7 the case against 15 suspects alleged to have sheltered former MP Musallam Al- Barrak for hearing. Security operatives arrested the defendants together with Al-Barrak who was sentenced for two years due to a statement he made during a public seminar at Erada Square entitled “Enough of Frivolity”.
Meanwhile, the Misdemeanor Court ordered another hearing in the lawsuit filed by State Security Department against Attorney Khalid Al-Shatti over a statement he made about operation “Resolve Storm” on Twitter, which is deemed offensive. The case has been set for Nov 30. Earlier, the Public Prosecution released the defendant on KD 3,000 bail bond. In a separate case, the Misdemeanor Court on Nov 23 will issue a judgment in the lawsuit filed by the State Security Department against Kuwaiti blogger Hamid Buyabes for a statement he posted on his Twitter account to insult Saudi Arabia.
Verdict upheld: The Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Najib Al-Majed upheld the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which had cancelled the decision to revoke the citizenship of a member of the ruling family.
According to the case file, the heirs of the plaintiff’s late father presented a will which was issued prior to the birth of the plaintiff. The plaintiff’s mother had filed a case, demanding the modification of the will, as it did not take her unborn child into consideration. In the trial held on June 25, 1987, the concerned court issued a verdict to affirm the kinship of the plaintiff to his late father.
Years later, one of his brothers filed a petition to the concerned committee, demanding cancellation of kinship between the plaintiff and their late father in order to ensure he does not receive any inheritance. However, the committee indicated that it did not have the jurisdiction to deal with the case. The plaintiff’s brothers then filed a petition at Ministry of Interior, demanding withdrawal of the plain-tiff’s citizenship based on a DNA report, which led to the issuance of a decision in 2008 to revoke the plaintiff’s citizenship.
The court explained that the administrative body had revealed the reason behind the decision which was based on the petition presented by the brothers to the Minister of Interior in which they demanded nullifying the plaintiff’s claim that he is one of the sons of their late father. Along with the petition, they had also presented a copy of the DNA results. Therefore, the administrative judiciary has to identify the truth behind the facts mentioned in the documents and take the necessary administrative decision. The administrative body does not have the right to intervene in the power of the superior body and legally handle the case alone.
Petition rejected: A Kuwaiti court rejected petition filed by a company (plaintiff) against another company (defendant) listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange obliging the defendant to pay 7 million dinars in favor of the plaintiff based on a verdict issued outside Kuwait. Attorney Qutaiba Al-Saeed argued that the petition is not legal because the lawyer who signed the document wasn’t empowered to represent the company since 2010 and the plaintiff’s contract was terminated in 2010, thus the contract and license became null and void.
‘Kuwaitis only’: Ministry of Interior has launched a comprehensive campaign on the ‘Kuwaitization’ of all securitymen and employees working at the borders and affiliated departments to tighten the procedures of inspection of individuals, vehicles and commodities to curb violation of law, says Interior Ministry. Security sources said the ministry has shifted all GCC and expatriate personnel from the borders to other departments and a similar move will take place in other sectors of the ministry soon. The decision will affect the rank of officers and below to pump fresh blood into the sector and improve operations. They pointed out that the step basically aims to control weapon traders, drug and liquor smuggling, and activities of individuals who specialize in falsifying official documents and passports with the aim of infiltrating the country’s security and stability