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KUWAIT CITY, Jan 23: The Criminal Court imposed five years prison sentence with hard labor on blogger Abdullah Al-Saleh for offending the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Al-Saleh’s imprisonment totaled 10 years after being sentenced in similar charges. The Public Prosecution charged him with offending the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in a program he directs and produces, as he described the policies of Saudi Arabia in a manner that is offensive to the honor of the kingdom and that of its people when he posted a clip of the program in question on Twitter. Al-Saleh was previously sentenced to five years in jail in a State Security case involving Saudi Arabia. After the issuance of the first sentence, he announced that he has sought asylum in Britain where he surrendered his Kuwaiti passport.
Duo acquitted: The Criminal Court acquitted two youths who were accused of resisting arrest when apprehended for abuse of “Chemical” drug. According to the case file, the traffic officer, while patrolling Damascus Street in Surra area, spotted the suspects following a young woman who was driving a Ferrari. He signaled them to pull over in order to fine them for violating a traffic rule. The driver presented the traffic officer with a military ID and told him he did not carry any other document. During interrogations, the officer noticed drugs in the vehicle and asked the youths to step out of the vehicle but they resisted and in the process the officer sustained an injury to his hand. The defense counsel Lawyer Abdullah Al-Alanda called for invalidation of the investigations conducted by Public Prosecution, and the arrest and search procedures due to lack of justifications and incriminating evidences.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff