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KUWAIT CITY, Dec 18: The Court of Cassation upheld the verdict issued by the Court of Appeals which acquitted a blogger, Nasser Al-Sumait, who was accused of posting remarks on Twitter which can be deemed as offensive to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Public Prosecution had charged Al-Sumait of manifesting hostility against a friendly country without the permission of the Kuwaiti government, and of carrying out his actions publicly through his personal account on social networking site “Twitter”. It stressed that Al-Sumait’s actions are able to jeopardize the relations between the two countries and sever the diplomatic ties, given that he intentionally offended Saudi Arabia by misusing his mobile phone.
Custody revoked: The Court of Appeals revoked the custody a woman had of her children and instead granted it to their paternal grandmother after their mother was proven to display bad conduct, frequent sheesha cafés as well as not show any care and attention to her children. The appeal was filed by the grandmother’s counsel Lawyer Jarrah Al- Sharika, calling for cancellation of the mother’s custody as she is unfit for the task. She stressed that the mother spends most of her time in sheesha cafés and does not care for her children, save for her stay with her mother in the house of her husband. The court ruled in favor of the grandmother and cancelled the payment of expenses earlier imposed on the father such as the expenses of hiring a housemaid, rent expenses and the like.
Jail suspended: The Court of Appeals ordered two Kuwaiti employees of Ministry of Interior to pay compensation worth KD 5,000 to another citizen for the injuries he sustained when the two defendants tied his legs and arms, assaulted him and detained him in a police station. Representing the plaintiff was Lawyer Abdullah Al-Alanda who said the accused caused the injuries his client had sustained, as described in the forensic medical report. The Criminal Court had earlier sentenced the two defendants to three-year imprisonment with hard labor, and a fine of KD 2,000 to suspend the verdict with a pledge to maintain good conduct henceforth.
Worker acquitted: The Misdemeanor Circuit of the Court of Appeals upheld the verdict issued by a lower court which acquitted the employee of a real-estate agency who was accused of swindling a client by selling overseas real estate. The plaintiff filed a case against one of the employees of the company, claiming that he tricked her into investing in a fake investment opportunity and made her pay the money after signing the contract. The defense counsel Lawyer Nouha Al-Rayes insisted that there is no evidence of swindling in the case file or any mention of the socalled deceiving ways of her client. She said the consequences of the contract are common for the agency and the defendant is just an employee at the agency which does not own the real estate property, adding that the agency has denied being responsible if the deal does not go through.
By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff