Wednesday , September 19 2018

Court revokes jail, frees blogger

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 4: The Criminal Court revoked the three-year jail sentence with hard labor imposed in absentia on blogger Rana Al- Sa’adoun for repeating the statement of former MP Musallam Al-Barrak.

The court then refrained from imposing punishment on Al-Sa’adoun and obliged her to sign a pledge of good conduct in addition to paying KD 1,000 as bail. Earlier, the Public Prosecution charged Al-Sa’adoun with offending the Amiri entity and the constituting authority when she shared the statement of Al-Barak entitled, “Enough is Enough.” The prosecution demanded for the utmost relevant penalty of five years imprisonment for the blogger.

It has been reported that the court imposed various sentences on 67 individuals facing similar charges. The accused include some members of the 2012 dissolved Parliament, writers, journalists and activists.

Ruling overturned: The Administrative Section in the Court of Appeals revoked the decision of the Court of First Instance, leading to the cancellation of the ‘good’ job performance rating and its effects given to a trainer at the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET). Details of the lawsuit filed by Attorney Abdulaziz Al-Banwan on behalf of his client revealed that the latter was appointed as a trainee for the position of trainer at PAAET. His client performed his duties faithfully and abided by all the regulations but he was surprised to see his annual evaluation as 83 percent which is equivalent to ‘good’ rating. The Administrative Court dismissed the petition of the lawyer citing invalidity of reasoning and misapplication of the law as per Articles 14, 16, and 27 of the Civil Service Commission regulations which clearly stipulate procedures for rating the performance of employees.

By Jaber Al-Hamoud Al-Seyassah Staff

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