Friday , January 19 2018

Bouyabis out on bail, hearing Jan 8 – Ruling on ‘stormers’ delayed

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 5: The Criminal Court released journalist Hamed Bouyabis on KD 1,000 bail and postponed deliberations on his case until Jan 8, 2018. Previously, General Prosecutor Dirar Al-Asousi ordered detention of Boyabis for 21 days in the Central Jail as he has been accused of uttering words deemed offensive to the entity of HH the Amir. The court rejected Bouyabis’s bail request earlier despite his assurance that he will respect the bail terms as he did before. He requested for bail on grounds that his children are studying in the United States of America and he needs to communicate with them regularly. The accused denied the charges, stating that he had no intention to offend the entity of HH the Amir in his tweets.

Ruling delayed: The Court of Cassation did not rule on the petitions filed to suspend the sentences issued in the case related to the storming of parliament building. The defendants were given different jail terms ranging from one year to nine years. The court stated that it could not rule on the petitions due to lack of two files from the lower and appeal courts. These files are currently in the possession of the Public Prosecution which is working on a petition against those who were acquitted. The Court of Appeals had recently sentenced those involved in the case of storming of the parliament building. Among the 70 defendants were some former and current Members of Parliament.

Verdict upheld: The Criminal Court of Appeals upheld a previous judgment that fined a Kuwaiti woman and her father KD 200 for attempting to steal a car from a police station and preventing the investigator to take legal action. The civil aspect of the case has since been referred to the concerned authority. The Public Prosecution Department charged the two suspects of trying to steal a car which was in the custody of the government but the police prevented them from carrying out the act.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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