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Barrack acquitted; journalist hunt continues

KUWAIT CITY, March 18: The Court of Cassation upheld the ruling of a lower court which acquitted former MP Musallam Al-Barrak of insulting and offending former Judiciary Committee Chairman Judge Faisal Al-Murshid. Previously, the Public Prosecution charged Al-Barrak with offending Al-Murshid, but he denied it claiming irregularities in the proceedings. Case files indicate the Misdemeanors Court fined Al-Barrak KD 150 for the charges against him, which include insults and defamation.

However, the defense argued that the prosecution did not provide substantial evidence. Although the Court of Appeals overturned the ruling and the plaintiff dropped the charges, the case was referred to the higher court which upheld the ruling of the appellate court.

Hunt continues: Bloggers and Kuwaiti volunteering groups have been flooding the social media with requests for extending the search for the photojournalist Sabah Al-Jendal who went missing 13 days ago in Subbiya desert area. According to security sources, officers from Marine Rescue Unit, Coast Guard Department and Kuwait Army had launched the search operation after receiving information about the missing victim. They checked the area and discovered the victim’s vehicle in the sand by the sea as well as his mobile phone, jacket and glasses.

Meanwhile, security authorities launched investigations with the two brothers who had accompanied the victim. They revealed to securitymen that the victim drowned in the sea, adding that they were also on the verge of drowning but they managed to save themselves. The two brothers were released after investigations.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

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