Court acquits MP Dashti of offending Saudi Arabia

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 28: The Criminal Court acquitted MP Dr Abdul Hameed Dashti of offending the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in one of the cases filed by Kuwait’s Foreign Affairs Ministry against him. According to the case files, Dashti was accused of engaging in hostile acts against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia without permission from Kuwait, as he spoke of the Kingdom in a manner that could jeopardize political relations between the two countries. Dashti was also accused of spreading rumors and malicious accusations on the internal condition of the country by claiming that the Kingdom is interfering with the internal affairs of Kuwait and influencing its decisions.

Matouq acquitted: The Criminal Court acquitted the Secretary- General of Islamic Alliance Bloc Sheikh Hussain Al-Matouq against whom a State Security case was filed over two allegations – violation of national unity law and spread of false news. He had denied the accusations directed against him by the Public Prosecution due to a message he preached during a Friday prayer. He was released on bail of KD 10,000.

Hearing adjourned: The court ordered lifting the travel ban imposed on the accused – AbdulMuhsin Al-Ateeqi, Falah Al-Hajraf, Ahmad Al-Sabah, Odhbi Al-Sabah, as well as to release on bail of KD1,000 another accused – Saud Al-Hajiri – on condition that his detention is not for any other reason. The court also listened to the testimony of a technical support expert accredited by the Samsung agent in Kuwait regarding the phones confiscated from the accused and the messages therein.

Out on KD 500 bail: The Detention Renewal Judge has decided to release on bail worth KD 500 a female employee of the Kuwait Health Office in Washington and impose a travel ban on her over a case of public funds theft filed against her. The Kuwaiti employee was detained in Central Prison for 21 days for investigations over the accusations launched against her for wasting public money. Last December, Minister of Health Dr Ali Al-Obeidi referred her and two other employees of the same health office to the Public Prosecution. She was arrested at Kuwait International Airport upon arrival and Public Prosecution ordered her detention in Central Prison for 21 days for investigations. Few months ago, FBI officials had stopped the Kuwaiti woman at Washington airport over allegations against her of money laundering and illegal money transfers.

Fraudster held: An Asian expatriate who is wanted by law for his involvement in three financial fraud cases was arrested in Mangaf area. According to a press statement issued by Ministry of Interior, Private Taskforce officers were patrolling Mangaf area when they stopped a man and checked his details to discover he is an Asian who is involved in three financial fraud cases.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

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