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Cassation upholds 10-yr jail for blogger, lawyer acquitted; Man absolved in wife-bashing

KUWAIT CITY, July 9: The Misdemeanor Court acquitted a Kuwaiti citizen who was accused of assaulting his estranged wife and stealing KD 200 from her purse. According to the case file, the man saw his wife leaving a clinic in Hawally area and entering the car of her cousin’s friend. He immediately rushed towards the car. As soon as the wife saw her husband coming towards her, she started to run but he caught up with her, threw her on the ground, assaulted her, and then left the scene with her handbag, which contained KD 200 and her mobile phone. With a forensic medical report, she reported the incident to the police. The man was summoned to the police station and he appeared with her handbag but without the money and mobile phone in it. Representing the man was Lawyer Abdulrahman Al-Watari, who insisted that his client and the plaintiff have an ongoing marital case in the court, stressing that the accusations against his client are malicious aimed at pressuring his client to divorce the plaintiff so that she can receive her rights in full after the divorce.

Blogger jailed: The Court of Cassation upheld the verdict issued by the Court of Appeals which sentenced the owner of the infamous Twitter account “@Kibret1” to ten-year imprisonment with hard labor. The court acquitted Lawyer Falah Al-Hajraf and journalist Bader Abdulaziz of all charges leveled against them. According to the case file, the Public Prosecution charged the owner of “@Kibret1” account of posting words deemed offensive to the entity of His Highness the Amir, instigating sedition, spreading false news and offending the judicial authority and other personalities in the country. The two acquitted defendants were charged as accomplices of the owner of the controversial Twitter account. Previously, the Criminal Court sentenced the owner of the account to ten-year imprisonment with hard labor, and obliged him to pay temporary compensation worth KD 5,001 to the heirs of late Jassem Al- Kharafi.

‘Vacate shop’: The Court of First Instance ordered a famous sweets company to vacate a shop it is renting in Salmiya area, giving the company a three-month evacuation notice effective from the date of the verdict. In a lawsuit filed by Lawyer Khawla Mubarak Al-Hassawi, she demanded the company to evacuate the shop and hand over the premises within three months without any tenants in it. It is worth mentioning that the building was built 25 years ago and the owners wanted to demolish it and rebuild it in accordance with 20/6 and 21 of the decree law No. 35/1978 concerning renting of real estates.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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