Tuesday , October 17 2017

Bloggers face law for Dashti verbal assault

KUWAIT CITY, June 12: Lawyer En’am Haider, on behalf of her client — the Board Chairman of Kuwait Gulf Link Company (KGL) Saeed Ismail Dashti — submitted a petition against 44 bloggers who allegedly used the social media to post some blogs that are regarded malicious and insulting to her client. She explained that her client is the board chairman of KGL, which was established on May 1, 1982 with the aim of offering land and sea transportation services for passengers and commodities. The company also carries out customs clearance, shipping, maintenance and other related services as well as manufacturing and trading in detergents, road emergencies and farming activities. Lawyer Haider revealed that her client was surprised to see posts on Twitter website accompanied with photographs wherein he was insulted and verbally attacked. She affirmed the suspects violated clauses 1, 2 and 3 of Article No. 27 of the publishing and distribution law.

Not guilty: The Criminal Court acquitted a Kuwaiti citizen who was accused of joining DAESH and was sentenced to five-year imprisonment for possession of an unlicensed firearm, ammunitions and brain stimulants as well as misuse of his mobile phone. The Public Prosecution had accused the citizen of joining a banned group DAESH with the main objective of fighting in Iraq and Syria, which could jeopardize Kuwait’s diplomatic relations with the abovementioned countries. It also accused the citizen of possessing an unlicensed firearm and four rounds of ammunition as well as brain stimulants with the intention of consumption and without providing prescription for the drugs.

Verdict upheld: The Court of Appeals upheld the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance which acquitted an Egyptian expatriate who was accused of using words deemed offensive to the entity of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait. The verdict was reached based on a psychiatry medical report which determined that the Egyptian suffered from mental disorder, which makes him non-liable to his actions. According to the court files, the Public Prosecution had accused the suspect of offending His Highness the Amir through some of his posts on Twitter website, as well as misusing his mobile phone, instigating vice within the community and offending one of the social calibers of Kuwait.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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