Court cancels ‘20-yr-old’ death ruling against man; Blogger jailed for 7 years

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 16: The Court of Appeals cancelled a decision issued 20 years ago by the First Instance Court, which sentenced a citizen to death. The court thereby decided to refrain from issuing another verdict for the same offense. The Public Prosecution charged the accused for premeditated murder on allegations of purposely procuring a knife to inflict stab wounds on the victim, which led to his death — according to the medical report. The case file reviewed by the court indicated the suspect was arrested in Saudi Arabia where he admitted torturing the victim but said he did not know whether or not the victim passed away, and legatees of the victim gave up their civil right after the suspect paid the blood money. Apparently, a Supreme Court judge at Tabouk in Saudi Arabia told the suspect he could execute the religious penalty for accidental killing by paying the specified sum to heirs of the victim. Subsequently, a letter was sent to the office of the Arab Interior Ministries at Interpol branch in Saudi Arabia seeking acquittal of the suspect, as he already carried out the penalty. Attorney Abdulwahab Bin Salama attended the session and stated it’s illegal and wrong to sue a suspect for the second time for the same offense after executing the sentence issued by a court in any country.

Blogger jailed: The Court of Appeals presided over by Judge Ali Al-Daree’a upheld the verdict issued by the Court of First Instance, which sentenced a blogger to seven-year imprisonment with hard labor in a State Security case filed against him for offending the Amiri entity. The Public Prosecution had pressed four charges against the blogger — offending the Amiri entity, attacking the state symbols, carrying out hostile actions through his posts on social media accounts, and spreading false and fake news about the internal situation of the country. The accused blogger denied the charges, but the court convicted him for some of the charges due to the evidences provided. Meanwhile, the Court of Appeals dismissed the verdict issued by the Criminal Court which acquitted a lawyer, a police officer and investigator from Ministry of Interior, and instead refrained from pronouncing penalty against them. According to the case file, the trio had threatened and forced a victim to sign a debt cancellation note as well as helped a detainee evade police custody. The Public Prosecution demanded that the suspects be punished in accordance with article No. 229 of the Penal Code, as they had abused their offices.

Man not guilty: The Sixth Criminal Circuit in the Court of Appeals upheld the decision of the First Instance Court that acquitted a man of smuggling drugs and intoxicants for trafficking as well as possession of unlicensed guns. Attorney Talal Al-Enezi, lawyer for the accused, argued in court that the search and arrest warrant was invalid because it was found out later that the searched flat was rented by somebody else and the accused denied any relation between him and tenant of the flat, so he has nothing to do with the confiscated drugs and weapons

By Jaber Al-Humoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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