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KUWAIT CITY, Dec 22: The Criminal Court sentenced a Twitter user to three years in prison with hard labor for posting statements deemed offensive to the essence and authority of HH the Amir. Case files indicate that the Public Prosecution leveled charges against the Twitter user for posting messages on his Twitter account, as he used words deemed offensive to the essence of HH the Amir and his authority. The defendant denied the charges when he appeared before the prosecution and the court.
Verdict annulled: The Court of Appeals chaired by Judge Ammar Shehab overturned the verdict of the First Instance Court that ordered a Kuwaiti man to pay KD 1400 to an advertisement and publicity company, and dismissed the case. The case file indicates the company sued the citizen concerning a membership deal KD 3,000 he signed with them. The defendant is said to have paid KD 1,600 of the sum and kept the rest. Representing the defendant, Attorney Hassan Al-Hajeri faulted the lower court’s decision regarding the deal. He argued that the deal was not signed through proper legal procedures, and that the lower court had failed to understand the intrigues of the issue.
Expat acquitted: The Court of Cassation presided over by Judge Abdullah Al-Abdullah canceled jail sentence against an expatriate who was charged for beating his wife and forcing her to take medicine to terminate her pregnancy, and refrained from announcing penalty against him. The defendant was obliged to sign an undertaking to be of good conduct for one year and fined him KD 200. Attorney Mohammad Ahmad Talib argued that the initial verdict of imprisonment was based on the statements of the plaintiff subsequent to conflict between a wife and a husband. He stressed the defendant was preventing his wife from committing suicide and only gave her ‘Panadol’. Documents of the case did not name any witnesses against the defendant, thus the incident was ruled as mere domestic assault.